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5 storylines to follow after the bye week


At the midpoint of the season, the Giants (6-2) are firmly in the playoff race. It is the franchise's best start since going 6-2 in 2012. The Giants are currently tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second place in the NFC East, with the Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) leading the division.

Five of the team's nine remaining home games will take place at MetLife Stadium. Of the four road games, two are against Washington and Philadelphia, with neither requiring a long flight.

Brian Daboll's squad has already exceeded expectations in the head coach's first season, but there is still a lot more for the young team to accomplish.

Here are five storylines to follow in the second half of the season.

1. More late-game magic to come?

Heading into Week 8, the Giants had accomplished something no team had done in NFL history. The Giants began the season 6-1 with all seven of their games decided by one possession. Their biggest win was an eight-point victory over the Chicago Bears, while their largest defeat was a seven-point loss against the Dallas Cowboys. That changed this past Sunday, of course, as the Giants fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-13. The Giants enter the bye with a plus-6 differential on the season.

Despite Sunday's two-possession loss, the Giants are still the leaders in the clubhouse when it comes to comebacks. Five of the team's six wins were come-from-behind wins, as Daniel Jones leads the NFL with five game-winning drives, two more than any other quarterback. The Giants entered Week 8 with the league's second-best scoring differential in the fourth quarter at plus-36. Even after the loss to Seattle, the Giants still sit at plus-25 in the final quarter. There is no doubt that this team believes they can win any close game going into the final frame.

"Our guys are confident," coach Daboll said after Sunday's loss. "We just didn't do enough today all the way around. Again, give Seattle credit. It's hard, the ball is important. We have to do a better job of taking care of it and executing and finishing drives, converting on some third downs, particularly early on in the game. A lot to work on."

"We are confident in our ability to do that," Jones said about the team being able to come from behind. "We had not done -- we had not played a great game up to that point but confident in our ability to close out games. Just didn't do enough down the stretch. Didn't make enough plays. Things we have to look back on and clean it up.

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