They are 1-4 after a soul-crushing loss on a 63-yard field goal to the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants are a team that is searching for answers, searching for an identity and searching for a way to win on a consistent basis.
Think about how brutal Sunday was for the organization as a whole.
You finally score 30-plus points in a game with a much-maligned and underachieving offense, but don’t see the results end with a victory.
That’s bad, but yet another circus surrounding Odell Beckham, Jr. makes matters that much worse for first-year head coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur had every right to be livid with his star receiver after Beckham took veiled shots at the coaching staff, Eli Manning, and his overall situation with the team in an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
For a player that was paid to not only perform but to lead, it is completely unacceptable.
Make no mistake, the Giants are back in yet another early-season pickle with the season on the verge of spiraling out of control.
The margin for error is not great at 1-4, but the silver lining is that the NFC East may turn out to be a weak division in 2018.
The Cowboys are flawed, especially offensively. The Redskins are improved, but by how much?
However, the team to beat is still the Philadelphia Eagles. After all, they are the defending Super Bowl champions. The Eagles however have not looked the part of a defending champ.
Instead, they have the look of a team that is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover. And quarterback Carson Wentz doesn't look fully right after coming back from ACL surgery.
The Eagles may still be the favorites to win this division, but they are beatable and they are vulnerable.
The Giants host the Eagles on Thursday night. It is a must win, no if's, and's or but's. The Giants cannot fall to 1-5 on the year and 0-2 in the division.
If I am supposed to believe that there is a positive to be gained from Sunday’s gut-wrenching loss, I need to see it on Thursday.
I need to see an effective offense, I need to see big plays and I need to see a Giants win.
The Giants were that close to finally changing their season narrative for the better, until they didn’t.
It must start on Thursday, before it’s too late.
JJ’S WEEK 6 UNLOCKS
• NY GIANTS +3
• INDINAPOLIS +2.5
• CINCINNATI -2.5
• GREEN BAY -9.5
• NEW ENGLAND -3.5