There are issues, of course. The sudden and potentially catastrophic loss of strong-side linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (broken leg) last week in Detroit will put a strain on the entire defense. The temporary loss of running back Brandon Jacobs (strained hamstring) coupled with the on-going issues of ankle and groin injuries to his backup, Derrick Ward, will impact negatively on the offense.
But the continued emergence of several young players — quarterback Eli Manning, guard Chris Snee, tight end Jeremy Shockey, defensive ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, among others — is all good, all positive.
So now the question of the day might be one concerning the head coach.
Has Tom Coughlin done enough to save his job yet?
At the end of last season, with team morale in disarray, with running back Tiki Barber making good on his nearly season-long threat to retire, with others leaving because of injuries, with the general manager, Ernie Accorsi, retiring, with the Giants having jumped out to a 6-2 start and then played dead to the tune of 2-6, it was said that Coughlin was on his way out.
The team management didn't help to dispel that thought when he was offered merely a one-year extension on his contract, presumably because the Giants have always hated "lame duck" head coaches and attempted never to create that situation.
Nothing much was expected of the Giants and it was thought that with the new general manager, Jerry Reese, in charge, it was only a matter of time before he picked his own man and showed Coughlin the door.
Instead, the Giants are winning. They are playing well and with forceful impact. The new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, has rejuvenated the entire unit and added some of the Philadelphia mystique (he worked there under the guru, Jim Johnson for eight years). A new offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, who was the quarterbacks coach, has taken that unit into the 21st century.
And it's all happening under the guidance of Coughlin, who became the Giants' head coach in 2004. Is he staying? Well, the team would have to lose four or five of its remaining six games for him to go now. At least that is the popular opinion among those who follow the team daily.
He may well have pulled something out of a hat — his own job.