Coming into Week 17, the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will need to come out on top against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium while needing the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys to lose in order to clinch a playoff berth in the NFC.
Needless to say, the Giants’ chances of depending their Super Bowl title in the playoffs isn’t looking good. Although the all three teams may fall on Sunday and the Eagles shouldn’t be much trouble for the Giants, the most likely scenario will be New York being eliminated from playoff contention and therefore going back to the drawing board during the off-season to breakdown what went wrong.
Along with potentially being knocked out of playoff contention in the NFC this Sunday, Tom Coughlin and company might also witness the last game played by Osi Umenyiora in a Giants uniform.
The one-time All-Pro defensive end believes he’ll be playing for another team next season after 10 years with the Giants. Umenyiora had this to say about his immediate future via Sporting News:
“Is there a high probability that I am going to be playing somewhere else?” Umenyiora, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, asked. “I would say there is a high probability, and that is just me being honest. I am not certain of what is going to happen. Anything can happen.
“We can get into the playoffs. Anything is possible. But it’s a high probability that I’m going to be playing somewhere else, and I think everybody knows that. Let’s not kid ourselves.”
Although Umenyiora isn’t putting up the numbers he once did for the Giants earlier in his career, the veteran defensive end is still a solid contributor for New York.
In 15 games this season, Umenyiora has recored 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and 26 tackles. The 31-year-old has only started three of the 15 games he’s played so far this season.