Although the New York Giants salvaged their season with a victory against the Dolphins on Monday night, they are still in dire need of help.

By Justin Weiss

Since the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles both squeaked out with wins in Week 14, the New York Giants remain on the outside looking in as they head down the final stretch of the 2015 NFL season.

This still doesn’t mean all hope should be lost.

Standings

As things currently stand, the following is New York’s division:

Team W L T DIV CONF Common G*
Redskins 6 7 0 2-2 6-4 2-7
Eagles 6 7 0 2-2 3-6 5-6
Giants 6 7 0 2-3 4-5 4-6

*Common games with the New York Giants

Tiebreaker Rules

The tiebreaker rules (for two, in-division teams) are as follows:

  1. Head-to-head
    2. Division win-loss-tie percentage
    3. Common games win-loss-tie percentage
    4. Conference win-loss-tie percentage
    5. Strength of victory
    6. Strength of schedule

Remaining Schedules

These are the remaining schedules for Big Blue, Philly, and Washington:

Philadelphia Eagles

12/20 vs Cardinals (8:30pm)
12/26 vs Redskins (8:25pm)
1/3 @Giants (1:00pm)

Washington Redskins

12/20 vs Bills (1:00pm)
12/26 @Eagles (8:25pm)
1/3 @Cowboys (1:00pm)

New York Giants

12/20 vs Panthers (1:00pm)
12/27 vs Vikings (8:30pm)
1/3 vs Eagles (1:00pm)

Common Games

It can all very likely come down to the common games. Common games are opponents that both teams competing for the division mutually face. For example, if both the Giants and Eagles play the Falcons, that is a common game. These are the common games that the Giants, Eagles and Redskins possess:

Team TB NO CAR ATL MIA NYJ
Redskins W W L L L L
Eagles L W L L L W
Giants W L NYP* L W L
Team (Cont.) NE BUF WSH (×2) NYG (×2) DAL (×2) PHI (×2)
Redskins L NYP* N/A L, W L, NYP W, NYP
Eagles W W L, NYP W, NYP L, L N/A
Giants L W W, L N/A L, W L, NYP

*NYP — Not yet played; N/A — Not applicable (a team cannot play themselves)

Scenarios

1. If NYG wins out and WSH loses a game
2. If NYG beats PHI + CAR and PHI beats WSH + loses to ARI
3. If NYG beats PHI and WSH beats PHI and WSH loses to BUF + DAL and PHI loses to ARI
4. If NYG beats CAR + MIN and WSH beats PHI and PHI loses to ARI and WSH loses to BUF + DAL
5. If NYG beats two teams and PHI and WSH both win only one game

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Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.