Last season, the New York Giants offense spent less time on the field than their opponents offenses.
In 2011, the team had the ball for an average of 29:58 out of 60 minutes. That's a minuscule differential, but the Giants can dominate opponents out of the gate if they have the ball for just a little more time.
In Week 11, Week 13 and Week 15, the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, respectively. In those three games, the Giants lost the time of possession battle by a combined 29 minutes and 42 seconds (104:21 to 75:39).
The defense allowed 255 passing yards per game last season, 29th in the league. You can say what you want about how well the defense played down the stretch but there were times when they were absolutely shredded by opposing quarterbacks.
Minimizing the opposing offenses time on the field obviously gives them less scoring opportunities.
The Giants defense should improve in 2012 with Prince Amukamara playing a full season and Jonathan Goff returning. But they still need to win the time of possession battle to gain an advantage.
Drafting a running back who can move the chains up the middle and keep the clock running and the offense on the field could serve as a good strategy for replacing Brandon Jacobs.