The Giants are 5-4 and sit atop the NFC East.
This marks the first time the Giants own a winning record and lead the division after nine games for the first time since the 2012 season.
In both 2013 and 2014, the Giants were 3-6 and in third place at this point in the year. This time around, the Giants are in the mix for an NFC East crown, giving the Giants more motivation as they prepare for the stretch run.
"Well, obviously, it's a great thing," coach Tom Coughlin said. "It's a wonderful thing to be able to be in the hunt, to be relevant. And each week is extremely meaningful, and that players are well aware of that. Like I spoke to them on Saturday night, we talked about the fact that, 'Hey, you work a whole winter, you work all summer, you spend all your time preparing, and if I was to tell you at the midpoint of the season that you were in first place in the division, had a very meaningful circumstance within the division, would it make a difference?' You bet it would, you bet it would. So, obviously, we have many, many important and big games to go, but it's good to have that factor involved."
In 2012, when the Giants were 6-3 and led the NFC east, they wound up closing out the season 3-4 over the final seven games and missed the playoff.
This season has a different feel, said wideout Rueben Randle, who believe the Giants are capable of doing more things this time around.
"We all knew we were capable of being the top team in this division," Randle said. "It was all about us going out there and making sure that we did it on the field, not just talk about it, and rely on other things. I don't find it a surprise to us that we're at the top. We've just got to continue to build as a team, and get better each and every week to remain there."