They are the defending Super Bowl champions in name only right now, a team barely playing like a post-season contender.
Of course, the New York Giants have been down this road before.
But as they officially arrive at the put up or shut up time of their season, the G-men will have to do something late Sunday afternoon that has been completely foreign to them in recent years: Stop New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
If they are unable to do so in what is expected to be a damp MetLife Stadium, the road to a repeat gets significantly more challenging.
In four games against the Giants, Brees has never lost as he has tossed no fewer than 11 touchdowns. Late last November, Brees has rarely been better after a 363-yard, four TD performance on Monday night football that resulted in a 49-24 Saints win. One team exited that game looking like Super Bowl material and it wasn’t the one in blue.
So much has changed since that prime-time affair, for both teams.<