Strength of remaining schedules in tight NFC East race
With the bye week now in the rearview mirror, the Giants begin preparation for Week 12 in a four-way tie in the win column for the division lead.
The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, while the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Football Team beat the Cincinnati Bengals, bringing every NFC East team's win total to three with six games remaining.
While there is still plenty of football left to be played this season, the Giants currently hold a slight edge over the rest of the division with the 3-2 record against the NFC East. Both Philly and Washington are 2-2 in division play, while Dallas sits at 1-2.
With the division race as tight as it is, let's take a look at the remaining schedules for all four teams in the NFC East.
New York Giants (3-7)
Week 12: @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1) - The Bengals fell to Washington, 20-9, in Week 11 and lost star rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for the remainder of the season with an ACL injury.
Week 13: @ Seattle Seahawks (7-3) - Seattle defeated the Cardinals, 28-21, in a tough Thursday night battle last week.
Week 14: vs. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) - Arizona was on the losing end of last week's hard-fought NFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football.
Week 15: vs. Cleveland Browns (7-3) - The Browns helped the Giants out this past week, defeating the Eagles, 22-17, in Cleveland.
Week 16: @ Baltimore Ravens (6-4) - The Ravens suffered a tough loss in Week 11, falling to the Titans, 30-24, in overtime.
Week 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-7) - The Cowboys jumped into a tie with the Giants at 3-7 after beating the Vikings, 31-28, in Minnesota.
Combined record of remaining opponents: 31-28-1 (.525 combined winning percentage)
Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
Week 12: vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
Week 13: @ Green Bay Packers (7-3)
Week 14: vs. New Orleans Saints (8-2)
Week 15: @ Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
Week 16: @ Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Week 17: vs. Washington Football Team (3-7)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 34-26 (.567)
Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Week 12: vs. Washington Football Team (3-7)
Week 13: @ Baltimore Ravens (6-4)
Week 14: @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-7-1)
Week 15: vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)
Week 16: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
Week 17: @ New York Giants (3-7)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 21-37-2 (.367)
Washington Football Team (3-7)
Week 12: @ Dallas Cowboys (3-7)
Week 13: @ Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0)
Week 14: @ San Francisco 49ers (4-6)
Week 15: vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
Week 16: vs. Carolina Panthers (4-7)
Week 17: @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
Combined record of remaining opponents: 31-29-1 (.516)
View the best photos from the first 10 games of the Giants' 2020 campaign as the team enters its Week 11 bye.
Logan Ryan and wife express gratitude for support
Soon after the Giants' two-point Monday night loss to Tampa Bay in Week 7, Logan Ryan received a phone call from his wife, Ashley, who was in Florida and experiencing extreme stomach pain.
She was going to try to sleep it off until Giants assistant athletic trainer Justin Maher instructed her to get to a hospital. That forceful directive might have saved her life. Ashley Ryan was soon rushed into surgery with an ectopic pregnancy.
She has since rejoined her family and is recuperating in New Jersey.
"It was an extremely emotional week," Ryan said the following week after the win on the road over Washington. "Extremely grateful to the organization and to my wife. She's a fighter, to not lose her there in that situation is very fortunate. At the same time, my wife and I mourn in silence of our lost child during that process too, so we had a loss as well.
"Although it's a great story, it was an emotional week for me and her, and that game was definitely for my wife, definitely for my family. I had her name written on my cleats and just extremely grateful that I have a great wife. That ball is for her, she told me to bring one home for her, so I was able to do that."
Ryan took to social media over the weekend to express the family's gratitude for all of the support they have received over the last few weeks.
News of the bye week
It was an eventful bye week for the New York Giants. Here is a refresher on everything that happened at Quest Diagnostics Training Center during the week off.
The Giants have made a bye-week change on their coaching staff, replacing offensive line coach Marc Colombo with Dave DeGuglielmo. "We appreciate what Marc has done, but I felt like this move is in the best interest of the team," coach Joe Judge said. Judge and DeGuglielmo worked together on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England in 2014-15.
Three additional Giants players tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The players were immediately notified to self-isolate, and the contact tracing process took place right away. Because of the bye week, the Giants office was closed last week. Players and coaches will resume work today with an adjusted schedule.
Kicker Graham Gano became the second Giants player to go on the Reserve/Covid-19 list in recent weeks. Guard Will Hernandez was placed on the list on Oct. 29. Hernandez was activated on Nov. 10 and played in the Giants' 27-17 victory against Philadelphia on Sunday. The Giants signed kicker/punter Ryan Santoso from their practice squad, which he joined on Sept. 6.
After a brief and satisfying courtship, Graham Gano and the Giants have committed to each other for the long term. Soon after their 27-17 victory in Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium, the Giants announced they had signed Gano, who is excelling in his first season with the team, to a contract extension through the 2023 season.