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The Giants’ 17-10 win over the Los Angles Rams Sunday in London was inarguably the antithesis of aesthetic beauty. But style points are irrelevant to the standings. 

The final outcome is all that matters and the victory was significant for the Giants, elevating them to 4-3 and within arm’s length of the NFC Eastleading Dallas Cowboys, who they defeated in Week 1 on the road, the only loss this season for the 5-1 Cowboys.  The Giants now enter their bye week having won two games in a row, after dropping three straight. They will resume play against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium Nov. 6. 

After seven games, the streaky Giants still have not formed a distinct identity. Their inconsistent pattern has been win two, lose three, win two. While endeavoring to establish who they are and what they are going to be as the midpoint of their schedule inches closer, the Giants have managed to overcome their shortcomings and many self-inflicted wounds in the form of untimely penalties and turnovers to attain a record above .500 and remain playoff relevant in the unremarkable NFC. 

Overall, none of the NFC’s 16 teams are clearly superior to the others, unlike the AFC in which the 6-1 New England Patriots are unmistakably the class of the competition. This assessment especially applies to the NFC East. So it is conceivable the Giants are as likely to emerge as division champions as they are to finish in last place. 

The aura of playing across the Atlantic distracted from the media coverage and aggravation that should have been directed at the former Giants kicker Josh Brown, the NFL commissioners’ office and the Giants.

Brown was released by the Giants this past Tuesday, just a few days after it became public knowledge that he had previously admitted to abusing his wife. The Giants issued a cursory statement attempting to adequately explain why Brown was not harshly disciplined when they initially learned of his actions, only suspending him for an innocuous one game and placing him on paid leave. Essentially, out of sight, out of mind, out of the public eye. There was no scathing public admonishment of Brown. 

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said John Mara, the Giants’ team president. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.” 

Misguided and mishandled, Brown’s case further exposed the hypocrisy of the league and how they ostensibly perceive domestic violence and misogyny as less damaging to their brand than silent, peaceful protests of social injustices.