Are the football gods punishing the New York Giants lately?
The franchise won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, both against the New England Patriots.
But since their last title, the Giants have two winning records and one playoff appearance in a decade.
Their postseason appearance did not last long as the Green Bay Packers dominated them in the Wild Card Game, 38-13.
Continuity was also an issue because the Giants went through five head coaches from 2012 to the present.
Their latest head coach, Joe Judge, led the team to a 6-10 record in 2020.
Kadarius Toney swings on a dude and Joe Judge is pissed pic.twitter.com/yEppsV0N1w
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) October 10, 2021
However, they couldn’t get a break during the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season.
They opened their campaign with a 27-13 loss to the Denver Broncos.
A week later, they were on their way to get the victory after Washington Football Team kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 48-yard field goal attempt.
However, Dexter Lawrence’s early jump gave Washington another chance.
This time, Hopkins drilled his 43-yard try to score a 30-29 victory for Washington.
Dustin Hopkins drills the game winner after the Giants jump offsides on a FG pic.twitter.com/wgxzVk7T6A
— Mismatch (@MismatchSports) September 17, 2021
Their tough luck continued when Younghoe Koo’s kick lifted the Atlanta Falcons over the Giants in Week 3.
But in Week 4, the Giants finally got some redemption after getting a road victory against the New Orleans Saints.
Daniel Jones finished the game with 402 yards, and two touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, Saquon Barkley was the man of the hour after tallying 126 total yards and two touchdowns.
One of his scores ended the game in overtime, 27-21.
Saquon Barkley walks off the Saints in overtime pic.twitter.com/00NK7vabJX
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 3, 2021
The win could have signified an upward trend for the Giants, motivating them to string victories together.
Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys brought them back to Earth in Week 5.
Worse, a slew of injuries depleted their roster, and there is no end in sight.
Giants’ Winning Hopes Shrinking
The Giants were already at a disadvantage coming into Week 4 because their top receivers are dealing with injuries.
Kenny Golladay had limited participation during practices because of a hip injury.
However, Golladay finished with six catches for 116 yards while John Ross had a receiving touchdown.
Kenny Golladay had 6 catches for 116 yards vs. the Saints on Sunday. Golladay also had the play of the game on 3rd and 7 to set up the game-tying field goal in regulation.
Here are all 6 catches by Golladay vs. New Orleans: pic.twitter.com/6ce4Ndp66X
— Giants Alliance (@GiantsAlliance) October 8, 2021
But while Week 4 was kind to the Giants, the following week was downright brutal.
Jabrill Peppers missed all practices before the Cowboys game because of a hamstring injury.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas suited up against Dallas but did not play due to a foot injury that gave him a bad limp.
Golladay hyperextended his knee after colliding with Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs in the opening quarter and did not return.
Sadly, Barkley is under the injury bug once again after a lengthy recovery from an ACL tear in 2020.
He stepped on the foot of cornerback Jourdan Lewis, causing his ankle to bend awkwardly.
The injury looked terrible after Barkley took off his sock and shoe.
Saquon Barkley rolled his ankle on a Cowboys defensive player and was carted off into the locker room.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2021
The initial diagnosis says that he might miss two to three games.
Jones suffered a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Jabril Cox.
A trainer helped him to get up, and he is under concussion protocol.
Therefore, he will be out of practice this week, and Mike Glennon will take over.
The Giants did not stand a chance against the Cowboys, especially with a decimated roster.
TREVON DIGGS IS AN INTERCEPTION MACHINE. #DallasCowboys
— NFL (@NFL) October 10, 2021
Dak Prescott and company were too much in the 44-20 blowout.
However, the Giants’ worst days are not over because they look more like an infirmary than a football team.
If their depleted lineup can’t defeat the Cowboys, what more can they do against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6?
Lord have mercy on the Giants.