Bet you didn’t think you’d be hearing this one back in October, but the New York Giants are in first place in the NFC East, at least for the moment.
The Giants held on to a 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, which was secured when Jabaal Sheard forced a strip-sack fumble on Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen.
The win moves the G-Men to 4-7 on the season, which is surprisingly good enough for the top of the NFC East, along with the Washington Football Team.
The Giants hold the tiebreaker over Washington because they are 2-0 against them this season.
The NFC East has been the butt of all jokes this season, with no team able to separate themselves from the pack.
In fact, the Giants did not record their first win until Week 6, Oct. 18, and started the season 1-7.
Now, they have won three consecutive games – a feat the franchise has not accomplished since the 2016 season, the last time they reached the playoffs.
Of course, the win comes with some question marks. Quarterback Daniel Jones left the game with a tight left hamstring and did not return. The Philadelphia Eagles could also retake the top of the NFC East if they beat the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night in Seattle – a tall order but something that cannot be ruled out.
Whatever happens next, fans certainly took the moment to celebrate the occasion, even if it turns out to be short-lived.