The Giants' 40-16 win over the Redskins on Sunday improved the team to 5-8, two more wins than last season, but it also keeps their very, very slim playoff hopes alive.
Head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that his goal is to get his team to 8-8 and smirked when mentioned that the Giants are not officially out of the playoff hunt.
"We're not," Shurmur said. "That may be tough for some of you to grasp."
After rookie running back Saquon Barkley's impressive performance of 170 rushing yards and 27 receiving yards in Sunday's win, the Giants' playoff hopes came to light once again.
Of course, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano wrote last week, there are several different scenarios that need to play out in order for the Giants to get to that point.
The simplest way to put it: The Giants must go 8-8 while the rest of the division goes 7-9 -- and even that gets a little messy because the teams in the NFC East all must play against each other.
Let's break it down by team:
This one is easy: Dallas must lose out in order for the Giants to have any chance at the division. They are currently 7-5 and if they win one more game they will eliminate the Giants from the division because the Giants cannot possibly finish with a better division record acting as the tie-breaker.
Since the 6-6 Eagles beat the Redskins in Week 13, the Giants need the Eagles to lose to the Redskins in Week 17 and lose two other games in order for it to be possible for them to finish 7-9. Their win would need to come against the Cowboys in Week 14, because as previously mentioned, Dallas must lose out for the Giants to have a chance.
The Giants need Washington to go 1-2 in order to finish 7-9, but that one win must come against the Eagles in Week 17.
Now, these are just the scenarios for the division. The wild card gets a lot more complicated and the chances are even fewer as four teams stand between the Giants and the Seahawks (7-5) and Vikings (6-5), who are holding the two wild card spots.
The Eagles (6-6), Redskins (6-7), Panthers (6-7), and Packers (5-7-1) are all in front of the Giants, making it a virtually impossibble path.