Barring Eli Manning tripping and falling down a flight of stairs or Victor Cruz spilling hot coffee on himself, the New York Giants couldn't have had a worse Bye Sunday.
New York entered the off week just two games out of first place in the NFC East and in a better place than at least two other teams in the division. Now, after the first Sunday of November, the Giants are back in the basement of the NFC East standings, and the division's other three teams are coming off of big wins. All of a sudden, 2-6 again feels like 2-6.
As it probably should.
New York Giants have awful Bye week: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys losing at home to the Minnesota Vikings was always unlikely. It's the hope that kills you, as they say, and Tony Romo gave New York fans real reason to believe that an upset was brewing when he threw a fourth quarter interception. Romo rescued the 'Boys with a touchdown pass in the final minute of play, and Dallas remains the best team in the division.
Dallas sits in the driver's seat of the NFC East title race. At 5-4, they are one game ahead of the Washington Redskins and three games ahead of the Giants. Nobody within the Big Blue community should have expected any help from the Vikes, and that's exactly what was delivered.
New York Giants have awful Bye week: Washington Redskins
Washington, reeling with seconds to go in the team's contest versus the San Diego Chargers, was twice given second life. A Danny Woodhead touchdown that would have certainly meant victory for the visitors was correctly reversed via replay. Then, the Chargers couldn't punch it in from inside the one-yard line, and they had to settle for a field goal that sent the game into overtime.
The Redskins, a yard away from being right there with the Giants at 2-6, are now two games out of first place. Washington notched a quality win against a pretty good opponent. Those within the team have got to be feeling good despite the short week knowing that a game against the awful Vikes is looming ahead.
New York Giants have awful Bye week: Philadelphia Eagles
No team in the division had a better Sunday than did the E-A-G-L-E-S. Quarterback Nick Foles came out of nowhere to have a monster outing, completing 22 of 28 pass attempts for 406 yards and a whopping seven – yes, seven – touchdowns. How are those of you who thought the Eagles should give up on Foles feeling this Monday?
The Eagles shockingly look like the best team in the NFC East. Their offense torched the defense of the Oakland Raiders, which had been solid when playing at home throughout 2013, and Philadelphia's defense has played rather well over the past three weeks. Watch out for Philly.
Making the postseason following a 0-6 start was always going to be a near impossible task for the Giants. Things got a lot more difficult for Tom Coughlin and company following Sunday's results. New York picking up victories over Dallas and Washington during the second half of the season doesn't feel as realistic a possibility as it did yesterday at 1:00 pm ET.
The playoffs begin this coming weekend for the Giants.