The 0-5 Giants, who began the season with Super Bowl aspirations, are in the midst of a lost season. But are they actually in danger of becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16?
With the team now without Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris for the season, and likely without Sterling Shepard for the near future, their expected win total for the season comes in at 1.2 -- behind the Browns (2.4) and 49ers (3.4), according to data compiled by Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post.
The Giants' odds of going 0-16 are six percent. The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only team in NFL history to go 0-16
According to Greenberg, the Giants' most likely win(s) will be against the 49ers in Week 10 and the Cardinals in Week 16. Greenberg notes, however, that the data that predicted Giants wins against the 49ers and/or Cardinals was compiled before they lost four wide receivers to injury.
The 49ers (along with the Giants and Browns) are 0-5. The Cardinals are 2-3.
The Giants' early-season struggles and injury issues have led to a potential role-reversal with the Jets -- one that could see the Giants drafting the potential franchise QB the Jets covet.
Here is the Giants' schedule for the remainder of the season:
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I can't believe I'm writing about this right now. And the worst part: It is absolutely plausible to talk about if this Giants team will go 0-16 this season.
Sunday's loss was as demoralizing as it comes. Not only did the Giants blow yet another lead in the fourth quarter, but the worst possible things happened leading up to it. Sterling Shepard, Dwyane Harris and Brandon Marshall all left with injuries, and to cap it off, the Giants last lifeline to salvage a doomed season left in tears on a cart.
And that's when it set in: This team might not see a win until next season.
With starting outside receivers out for the season and no idea when your slot receiver will return, it doesn't look pretty. Just look at the schedule. The Giants will no doubt (yes, there's no chance) be 0-7 at the bye week. With the exception the Niners game on the road, Big Blue should be considered the underdog in every game for the second half of the season.
How could they not? They lost their biggest strength on offense, and are now depleted to practice squad members and former players that fans have to Google to find out who they are.
And ESPN believes the Giants' defense will lead them to win five of their remaining 11 games. That definitely won't happen because this unit reminds me of the Monstars from Space Jam: They are an unstoppable force until Bugs Bunny makes them give their starpower back. The Monstars forgot how to play the game, and with botched tackling and blown coverage left and right, the comparison to the Giants is reasonable.
This may be the biggest let down in any season I've witnessed in professional sports. To go from a 12/1 Super Bowl winner to sharing the same record as the Browns and Niners is so disheartening. With playoff and Super Bowl titles hopes off the table, I guess the only thing the Giants can look forward to be crowned is the No. 1 overall pick holder in the 2018 NFL Draft.