On Sunday, September 29th, 2013, the NY Giants will play their biggest, most important, game since Super Bowl XLVI back in February of 2012. Their football season could very well come to a disappointing and premature end if they lose to the resurgent, 3-0, Kansas City Chiefs. That loss would make Giants 0-4 and 0-4 teams just don’t go very far. And there’s every reason to believe they’ll lose, because Kansas City has the more complete and balanced team: They protect their QB. They run the ball. They get after the passer. They cause turnovers and capitalize on them. In short, they do all the things the Giants don’t do in order to win games.
Of course, these are the Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning Giants and they’ve done the impossible and incredible before; so they could fool the football world and eke out a win. We’ve all seen that movie before. But make no mistake about it, even a win in Kansas City this Sunday doesn’t guarantee a successful season for the Giants. There’s still the bad ‘O’ line, no running attack and no pass rush. And there will still be the next big game and the next after that. But a loss will definitely guarantee a wasted, losing, non-playoff season. And that, in turn, may well guarantee a house cleaning of dramatic proportions. Long time, cap-straining, veterans like Tuck, Snee, Webster, Diehl and Baas, who no longer pull their weight, will all be swept out and replaced by a new cast of characters next season. Some coaches may bite the dust too; though I doubt Coughlin will be one of them.
So, get ready Giants fans, cross your fingers and whatever other body parts can be crossed; because by about 4:PM Eastern time, Sunday, September 29th, 2013, you’re going to find what kind of a season to expect: a lost season of frustration and disappointment or a season of possibilities and hope. Wow, it sure is getting late, early, isn’t it?