Giants are a far cry from playoff contenders

Riding high off a three-game winning streak, the New York Giants are thought to be right back in the playoff mix, but Tom Coughlin and company aren't exactly sitting pretty at a record of 3-6 and still two games back of the divisional lead.

After a disastrous start to the 2013 campaign, Big Blue has bounced back and regained the swagger and confidence that made them perennial title contenders the past few seasons. Even New York's wins have had an ugly flare with turnovers and sloppy execution running amuck. While the Giants think they have righted the ship, they're still a far cry from postseason contenders and don't have the makings of a playoff caliber squad.

Seven of New York's next eight opponents have winning records and the Giants have yet to beat a quality team so far this season. Manning still can't kick the turnover bug, tossing another interception returned for a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders and the special teams unit has been a complete abomination.

So while confidence is running high in the Big Apple, the reality is the Giants are closer to last place than first and have a lot more work ahead if they hope to return to relevance this season. There's no question that Big Blue has championship pedigree, but this year's team has proven nothing to critics and has left more questions than answers. The Giants entered the season resting on their laurels, pointing towards their Super Bowl trophies in seasons past to cut them slack for lackluster play in 2013.

The Super Bowl Countdown clock at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center is striking midnight, and while there will be a team representing the NFC at MetLife Stadium in February; it's looking more and more like it won't be the hometown New York Giants.

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