However, when it comes to grading the New York Giants in 2020, it's important to be aware of the conditions surrounding the franchise.
The Giants went into this season with very little margin for error. They were not an overly talented team and lost their best player in the second game of the season.
I wasn't the least bit surprised they got off to a bad start, and I'm most certainly not surprised that they're in the position that they're in at the halfway point of the season.
Despite the negative feelings about the record, there should be a cautiously optimistic approach as to where the franchise is headed.
The Giants for the first time in a long time look like a well-coached, well-run team.
Defensively, the Giants are much improved, and that improvement was on full display in the victory Sunday over the Washington Football Team.
The additions of Blake Martinez, James Bradbury and Logan Ryan have given the unit a legitimate veteran presence that has been missed for quite a while.
We know there are talent deficiencies up and down the Giants roster, but the team plays hard, they're in every game, and they're clearly better on defense.
Over the second half of the year, aside from the obvious question around second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, I want to see if this Giants team can learn how to win.
Can the Giants close the deal on games that have eluded them in previous fourth quarters? Come Sunday, can this head coach find a way to help solve the riddle that has been the Philadelphia Eagles.
Make no mistake, the Giants historically have had no answers for Philly. They've lost 21 of their last 25 games to the Eagles with a good handful in gut-wrenching fashion.
The Eagles are the best team by default in this woeful NFC East.
It's asking a lot of the 2-7 Giants to make a run at a division even as bad as this one, but the significance of Sunday is far more about the opponent than the faint playoff hopes.
If the Giants long term are going to get back to where they want to be, they must figure out how to beat two teams that have owned them in the division: the Eagles and the Cowboys.
The first Eagles matchup was there for the taking. A double-digit fourth-quarter lead was gone in a flash thanks to Carson Wentz and Giants killer Boston Scott.
Instead of lamenting the could’ve, should’ve, would’ve moments like the critical Evan Engram drop, the Giants need to finish and play four quarters of top-notch complimentary football.
The Giants are clearly improved and more watchable, but can they take another step on the road to recovery on Sunday?
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