Tuesday, December 3, 2002 Updated: December 4, 11:16 AM ET
Giants: Dead or Alive?
New York Giants Overall record: 6-6 Division situation: Philadelphia leads the NFC East at 9-3 Division record: 2-1 Wild card situation: Atlanta and New Orleans top the race with 8-3-1 and 8-4 records Conference record: 5-4 Remaining games: at Washington, Dallas, at Indianapolis, Philadelphia
Michael Strahan and the Giants' D need help from their teammates on offense.
Why the Giants are alive: The G-Men may have lost two straight, but they lost them by a combined five points. Call it bad luck and expect them to finish strong with their two remaining divison matchups against Washington and Dallas, while upsetting Indianapolis and a Donovan McNabb-less Eagles.
Despite a questionable two-point conversion call against the Titans, it was reported throughout the New York newspapers that the team was rallying around coach Jim Fassel in the locker room after the game, so he hasn't lost the support of the players.
Why the Giants are dead: The Giants have been injury-prone all year, with cornerback Will Allen and linebackers Micheal Barrow and Dhani Jones the latest addition to the list. Quarterback Kerry Collins completed less than 50 percent of his passes in two of the last three games. With back-to-back losses to the expansion Texans and by blowing a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter at home against the Titans, Fassel will be spending as much time fending off the New York media as he will figuring out how to win the final four games.
Even if the Giants win out, they will need some help. Atlanta and New Orleans are in the driver's seat for the wild card and Atlanta gets Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland to wrap up the season. The Saints get the Vikings, Bengals and Panthers. Life just isn't fair.