Aaron Rodgers wasn't the starting quarterback for the Packers in Sunday's game against the Giants, but New York still won their fourth straight game to put the regular season standing at 4-6. The Packers were playing the Giants tough until the third quarter when the G-Men were pulling ahead and they didn't relinquish the lead. The loss increases the pressure on Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy to keep up with the NFC North-leading Lions before they play them in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Before the Giants won their first game of the season, many experts believed their playoff hopes were gone after losing their first six of the season. But now with them 4-6, the Giants are not only alive for a playoff spot but also in striking distance to win the NFC East.
Look, 4-6 at the half-way point of a season would put a team on the bubble and one loss away from elimination from playoff contention. But the biggest thing keeping the Giants playoff hopes alive is the mediocrity of their competition in the NFC East.
The Cowboys beat the Giants in their first game of the season and they are currently second place in the NFC East. But inconsistent play and issues inside the locker room among players have raised questions of whether a talented team can make all the right moves to get into the post-season for Jerry Jones.
Robert Griffin III is playing better after a rough start, but with his defense full of holes, their playoff hopes have faded more than New York's.
Nick Foles is filling the void for the decline of Michael Vick but it's unclear if they have enough on that team to keep contending down the stretch. With all NFC EAst teams full of weak spots, it's possible that they division winner could be 8-8.
With all of the rust, wear, and tear of the Giants NFC East rivals, New York has a chance for the playoffs if they can play consistently well and not get into a December swoon.