They may be 5-3, they may have won three straight games but the New York Giants aren’t a playoff team, so says a prediction model that doesn’t exactly have Big Blue lighting it up down the home stretch of the regular season.
PredictionMachine.com has the Giants finishing with a likely 9-7 record which they project as not being good enough to be a Wild Card team. That means that a team that has won three in a row likely will split the remainder of their remaining schedule to go 4-4 and once again finish out of the playoff picture.
This offseason, the Giants invested over $200 million to help get them into the playoffs. They have not made the postseason since 2011.
“The Giants currently rank as the 20th best offense and 17th best defense in the NFL. They will be favored to win in three of their eight remaining games, none of which is greater than a 63 percent chance to win. In the five games where they'll be underdogs, they will not be less than 39 percent underdogs in any game. They are essentially an average team overall. To compare, the [Dallas] Cowboys will only be underdogs in two remaining games at Pittsburgh and Minnesota, assuming they do not suffer a string of injuries,” Rob Pizzola, Business Manager of PredictionMachine.com told Metro.
“We expect the Giants to win 3.9 games on average over their next eight games for an average overall record of 8.9-7.1, which would finish second in the division to the Cowboys. The current lead in the division will be difficult to overcome as they only have a 8.4 percent chance to win the division. Overall, they have a 38 percent chance to make the playoffs and a 1.3 percent chance to win the Super Bowl.”
The models used by PredictionMachine have the Cowboys, currently 7-1 and atop the NFC East, finishing 12-4 and winning the division. They have an 86.2 percent chance to win the division according to the site.