By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
This Giants’ season became more bipolar last Sunday afternoon in Baltimore.
They were once a 1-7 trainwreck of a team, and can finish as a 5-3 team that lost three of the final four.
Huh? Wait a minute.
They have proven to be a Jekyll-Hyde — literally — team
The Giants dropped their third consecutive game with a 23-17 loss to the Ravens, mainly due to the fact that they didn’t show up in the first half, one in which they were manhandled, 17-0.
This was a game that had diehard Giants’ fans holding on to a post-Christmas wish of the team taking a step closer to winning the NFC East title with a win over Baltimore and a Washington loss.
Ironically, in this unexplainable campaign, the Giants (5-10) got the Washington loss, and they can still win the division with a victory in their home finale over Dallas and a Philadelphia win over Washington,
Don’t give up yet, Giants’ faithful. You never know with this team. Even with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback against Carolina Sunday, they should have been able to beat a reeling Carolina team to seal the division.
The football gods still like the Giants.
Daniel Jones was back at quarterback and finally found his rhythm in the second half, but he wasn’t mobile, resulting in being the victim of six sacks.
For the third straight game, their running game again was grounded for 54 yards on 12 carries. Again, for the third straight game, why have they shied away from the run? Where have you gone, Wayne Gallman and Albert Morris?
It could be the once burgeoning offensive line that has quickly sunk below the football version of the Mendoza Line.
As for the defense, the Raven bullied their way for 249 yards on the league’s No. 6 rushing defense.
Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson did whatever he wanted to do for the better part of three quarters, as the energy and passion that possessed the Giants’ defense for a four-game winning streak has been exorcised away to the tune of 73 points allowed.
The defense didn’t register a sack and allowed an average of 6.2 yards per rush. Where have you gone, Leonard Williams and Jabrill Peppers? Logan Ryan appeared to be counting ways to spend his $30 million extension all afternoon.
Graham Gano was one of the few standouts with a pair of field goals for an offense that has produced a total of 26 points in the past three weeks.
The offense has been saddled near the bottom of the league all season, and it will have to be addressed in the offseason. Getting Saquon Barkley back next season should help.
Overall, the Giants looked unprepared on both sides of the ball until the game was out of reach.
Yet, this emotional rollercoaster of a team under first-year head coach Joe Judge isn’t through teasing you.
Beat a rising Dallas team and hope Philadelphia — who was blown out by Dallas Sunday – can find a way to beat Washington, and the Giants will find themselves hosting a playoff game, a feat achieved by losing three of their last four games and having an overall 6-10 record.
Think about the saying you’re only as good as your last game.
In their unconventional way this season, it may work out well for the Giants.