Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants will face three tough opponents down the stretch.Getty Images

Just imagine if the Steelers hadn’t deflated their footballs and the Giants beat Pittsburgh nine days ago. Had Big Blue taken care of business that day, they’d be 10-3 today and just a game behind the Cowboys (11-2) for first place in the NFC East with three games to go.

 

The Giants still have a path to a division title, despite their current standing, but it’s highly unlikely the Cowboys will be worse than 2-1 in their final three dates. Dallas hosts Tampa Bay this coming Sunday night, then faces Detroit at home the day after Christmas. Then the Cowboys are at Philly in their season finale. None of those games are gimmes. The Buccaneers are the hottest team in football, winners of five straight. Detroit is 9-4 and leading the NFC North. And the Eagles would never roll over at home against the hated Cowboys despite the fact that they’re already out of the playoff race.

 

The Giants also have a difficult road the rest of the way. They’ll host the aforementioned Lions this coming Sunday, then they play at Philly four days later. Big Blue wraps up its season at Washington and as of now the the 7-5-1 Redskins are still very much in the hunt for a wild card spot.