The New York Giants had as roller coaster a month as did any team in the NFL. They embarrassed themselves at home against a division rival, they gave a game away in front of a national TV audience, they won what was arguably the worst Monday Night Football game in history, and they got revenge on the previously mentioned rival team on the road. Most importantly, Big Blue is back in the playoff hunt despite having an ugly overall record.
What a wacky year of football it's thus far been.
2013 New York Giants October review: Team MVP
It's rarely a good sign when the team's MVP over any amount of time is its placekicker. That was the case for the Giants in October, as Josh Brown buried all eight of his field goal attempts in New York's two October victories. Brown set a career record in the team's final game of the month when he made five of five field goals in the winning effort over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants cannot at all be picky when it comes to earning victories. Their offense routinely losing steam inside the red zone will not be acceptable moving forward, but it is good to know that the Giants have a consistent kicker that can be relied on each game. Brown earned this honor.
2013 New York Giants October review: Noteworthy stat
New York's takeaway/giveaway statistics remain the worst in the NFL. Things have, however, improved regarding that aspect of the club over the past two games. The offense of the Giants turned the ball over only once in eight quarters, and team's defense forced six giveaways over that time.
Just as important is that quarterback Eli Manning hasn't thrown a single pick in two games. Granted, part of that can be attributed to luck, as opposing players dropped what should have been multiple interceptions. Good players bounce back and take advantage when given breaks, and Manning and company will continue to need to do just that if the Giants are to accomplish anything of merit in 2013.
2013 New York Giants October review: Looking ahead
One fact continues to get thrown out by analysts who cover the Giants. New York is, after eight weeks of regular season football, but two games behind the first place Dallas Cowboys. That number, and also the current status of the rest of the NFC East, has those who follow Big Blue wondering:
Could the Giants realistically make a run here?
It's absolutely not going to be easy. They come out of the Bye week against an Oakland Raiders team that, while good, is rather shaky when away from home. Then come three massive games in a row.
Make no mistake about the fact that New York can beat the Green Bay Packers at home. Aaron Rodgers is, well, Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers are very banged up. They also hardly looked like world beaters against the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.
Those games are followed by a home showdown with the Cowboys, who could be unraveling, and an away contest against the 2-5 'Skins. If the Giants can get to 5-7 AND also knock off both Washington and Dallas, a division title could still very much so be in reach. I'm not suggesting that anybody should be putting any money down on New York winning the franchise's third Super Bowl of the past decade.
The Giants are still alive, and that's more than most teams that start out 0-6 can say.