The Giants were in a whole lot of them, played hard and, to their credit, were well prepared, but the result remained the same.
At 1-7, sometimes it's tough to evaluate the progress of a franchise that has been so down over the last few years. But for me, the signs of progress were all over the field.
First-year head coach Joe Judge has done a really good job of getting his guys to buy into and execute a game plan on a week-in, week-out basis.
Defensively, the Giants have looked the best they have in years. Yes, there have been upgrades in personnel, but this coaching staff has put together far better schemes that have been well executed by the players on the field.
Despite these positives, why were the Giants a 1-7 football team? Well, they found ways to lose over and over again.
Quarterback Daniel Jones' turnover issues were front and center. Over the last two games, Jones has played turnover-free football. Not coincidentally, the Giants won those two games.
Jones has been far more confident and comfortable in Jason Garrett's offensive system, and the results are finally starting to show.
Jones and the young Giants need to learn how to win, and the last two weeks they took a big step in the right direction.
Don't get me wrong, the Giants chances of winning the NFC East are still incredibly miniscule. Their schedule is very difficult, and the odds are not in their favor for 2020.
However, this team needed to rediscover how to win and, more specifically, how to beat teams in the NFC East.
Back-to-back division wins over Washington and Philadelphia is a big start.
Can the Giants go 3-3 in their remaining six games? If the answer to that question is yes, it's a good sign for 2021 and beyond.