The New York Giants head into their bye week after getting blown out in Cincinnati 31-13. In fact, this game was the biggest blow out for the G-men since Sandy hit the shore. But Giants fans know the rebuilding will come quickly, because it always does.

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Where other teams take a bye week, the Giants usually take a “bye month” and it’s November. In 2004, the first year of the Tom Coughlin-Eli Manning era, the team started out 5-2. The Giants under Coughlin always start out at 5-2 except for 2008 when they went 6-1. This is followed by the mid season “bye” as they begin an 8 game losing streak starting on Nov 7th.

In 2005, the 5-2 start then produced a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Nov 13 on their way to an 11-5 record followed by a 23-0 playoff shutout at the hands of the Carolina Panthers. 2006 started with the 5-2 record then followed by 4 game losing streak that saw the team barely make the playoffs before losing to the Eagles 23-20.

Things were not super at the start of the 2007 season either for the Giants. After the 5-2 start the team loses 2 out of three in November but wins all their road games including the 4 playoffs at the end followed by a 17-14 Super Bowl victory over the undefeated New England Patriots.


2008 the Giants start 6-1 then sweep November but lose 2 out of three in December after Plaxico “Have Gun Will Travel” Burress shoots himself in the leg at a Manhattan night club. They lose 23-11 to the Eagles in the playoffs. In 2009, the Giants start 5-0 then lose 4 out of their next 5 games and no playoffs

2010 sees the Giants (Let’s all say it together;) start out 5-2 then go 2-2 in November but miss the playoffs at 10-6, and of course last year, they start off 5-2 then win one and lose the next 4 but turn it around in December and go on to win their second Super Bowl 21-17 again over the New England Patriots.

So as we Giants fans go into the “bye” month of November we think of two things, “been there, done that” or “We’ve got them right where we want them!”