Antrel Rolle believes Giants ‘absolutely’ can win season’s final six games
A demoralizing 16-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday seemed to put the final nail the coffin of the New York Giants’ playoff hopes.
The loss dropped the Giants to 3-7. To make matters worse, Eli Manning, after he appeared to be gaining a grip on the revamped offense installed by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for a few weeks earlier in the season, has looked completely lost during the team’s five-game losing streak.
Manning was particularly brutal in the loss to the Niners, throwing five interceptions.
That inconsistency at the quarterback position, not to mention the myriad of other woes afflicting the team, would lend to the speculation that the players in the locker room have given up the ghost and are simply playing out the string in a nightmare season.
That may be the case for some players in the Giants locker room, but not Antrel Rolle.
In fact, Rolle is so confident in the coaches and players that he believes the team can run off a six-game winning streak to close out the season.
“Absolutely, I think there’s a possibility,” the safety said Tuesday, per a New York Daily News report. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”
The Giants face road games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and upset-happy St. Louis Rams in its final six. The Giants host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium next Sunday, a home game against the Washington Redskins and close out the season at home in a showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants arguably could be favored in perhaps three of those final six games, and that may be a stretch.
Should the Giants rattle off a five-game winning streak, though, the home game against the Eagles very well could have playoff implications. But there is a lot of football to be played between now and Dec. 28.
But it wouldn’t be the first time the Giants have been left for dead only to resurrect their season and postseason aspirations. In 2011, the Giants allowed a 6-2 start go up in smoke courtesy of a four-game, mid-season losing streak. The team rebounded, winning three of four to close out the season, setting up a showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in a winner-take-all match-up with the NFC East title on the line.
The Giants of course won by a score of 31-17, sending them to the postseason, a playoff run that ended with a 21-17 victory over the seemingly unstoppable New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
Granted, the Giants find themselves in a far more dire situation this season than they did in 2011-12, but it’s never a good idea to count a Tom Coughlin-led team out until mathematical elimination … although that eventuality could happen within the next week or two.
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