Handing out midseason awards for the 2013 New York Giants is about equal to giving a trophy to the survivor of the loser's brackets of your fantasy football league. It's an achievement, sure, but it's not something that should be bragged about by anybody. New York may still technically be in the playoff hunt, but even a single defeat in the final eight weeks of the campaign could end all of that.
2013 New York Giants midseason thoughts: MVP
This award is especially difficult to hand out considering that nobody on the Giants is having a great year. After thinking about it for more than a few seconds, I decided to go with defensive back Terrell Thomas. T2 didn't just come back from what was a third ACL surgery. He has been a solid part of secondary that has largely disappointed, and he was the Week 8 NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
That Thomas happens to be one of a few good stories about the Giants this fall is an impressive personal accomplishment, but it also says a lot about how lackluster New York has been in 2013.
2013 New York Giants midseason thoughts: LVP
I don't want to completely bury this unit since it played better in New York's last two games, but one cannot forget just how poorly the team's offensive line was in the first six weeks of the season. The woes of quarterback Eli Manning largely fall on a real lack of pass protection, and the Giants are currently averaging under 70 rushing yards per game. Odds are that the New York o-line will see plenty of changes in the offseason, but who the Giants currently have must do better by their teammates.
2013 New York Giants midseason thoughts: What could have been
These Giants will not be champions. I'm confident in saying that. While you are what your record says you are at this stage of the season, I can't help but wonder if the Giants aren't really at least a .500 team in disguise.
New York absolutely should have defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. The Cowboys haven't yet beaten a good, let alone great, opponent, and they struggled with closing the G-Men out despite six New York turnovers. That Thursday night showdown with the Chicago Bears back in October was also a winnable affair that the Giants gifted away.
What's most upsetting about this is that the NFC East continues to be sub-par. Dallas is the only team in the division above .500, and they are 5-4. One blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders does not at all mean the Philadelphia Eagles are contenders. How the Washington Redskins beat the San Diego Chargers on Sunday still baffles me.
The NFC East being lousy is the only reason “Giants” and “playoffs” can be mentioned in the same sentence.
2013 New York Giants midseason thoughts: Moving forward
Both New York and Big Blue supporters are in an unfamiliar spot. It was just three weeks ago that the Giants were legitimate contenders to be listed as the worst team in pro football. The two wins were nice, of course, but they don't fix the real lack of depth and quality in the squad.
A lot is going to be decided from November 10 through the end of the season. Will Tom Coughlin ultimately decide that the Giants are too much of a rebuilding project, and call it a career? Is Hakeem Nicks going to earn himself a big payday, either from his current employers or from another team? Is general manager Jerry Reese going to have some hard questions to answer come January? Last, but far from least:
Will New York be able to pull off the impossible and remain in the playoff race through the upcoming holiday season?