3rd place NFC East
NEW YORK GIANTS FOOTBALL: Wins and Losses Follow a Common Theme.
What do you know - three in a row!
After 2 opening losses, the Giants followed with 3 consecutive victories. That means it's time to play our favorite game - WTF!
Here's the gist:
In each loss the Giants allowed 25 points or more, and only averaged 14 points themselves. They lost the turnover battle, and failed to rush for 100 yards.
- Game One against the Lions was obviously an ugly affair, especially defensively. However, it bears noting they only managed to rush for 53 yards on 22 carries, and turned the ball over twice.
- In Game Two's loss to the Cardinals, they rushed for 81 yards on 27 carries, and turned the ball over an inexcusable 4 times.
In each of their 3 consecutive victories, the Giants limited their opponent to 20 points or less, won the turnover battle, and rushed the ball well over 100 yards each time.
- Game Three vs. Houston - 193 yards in 42 rushing attempts. The Texans turned the ball over 3 times.
- Game Four vs. Washington - 154 yards on 38 rushing attempts. The Hogs turned the ball over 6 times.
- Game Five vs. Atlanta - 124 yards on 34 rushing attempts. The Falcons turned the ball over once (but the Giants twice).
Throughout the 5 games, Coach McAdoo's shorter passing scheme has been a definite departure from Kevin Gilbride's style, which consistently led the league in most attempted yards per pass play - and to his credit, it's working.
In truth, ever since Eli turned things around midway through Week Two against the Cardinals, he's been stellar, When Eli is on, he usually makes his receivers better - just ask Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randal, Preston Parker, and Larry Donnell (and the litany of tight ends that preceded him).
In the last 3 games, Eli has thrown 8 TD passes, with just 1 interception.
The scoreboard has reflected their recent offensive proficiency. The Giants have scored at least 30 points in each of their last 3 games.
Of course, everything starts up front. So far, the offensive line has done admirable work. They've created enough daylight for Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, and limited the opposition to a manageable 7 sacks in 5 games. They've already proven themselves to be a better unit than last year's version. So, the hope is they continue to improve and gel together.
In fact, over the next 2 weeks, we'll get to see how good this team really is.
The true battle for the NFC East starts Sunday night in Philadelphia, and continues the following week in Dallas.
Prior to the Giants facing the Eagles in Sunday night's game, the Cowboys will have already faced off against the Legion of Boom in Seattle.
If Big Blue takes care of business against the Eagles, and the Cowboys oblige with a crushing defeat in Seattle, we'll have a 3-way tie for the division lead by Monday.
Then with a Week 7 victory in Dallas, the Giants can conceivably tilt the division in their favor in time for their Bye - pending the Eagles outcome in Arizona that is.
Perchance to dream.....