The New York Giants' Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses Through First 3 Games

Jeffrey Schmidt@JeffSchmidt9Correspondent IIISeptember 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After a disappointing start to the 2012 campaign, the Giants have seemed to right the ship after posting two consecutive wins. The team has some quality strengths, but they still have some glaring weaknesses that will ultimately prevent them from repeating as Super Bowl champions. 

As we look forward to the Giants' Week 4 clash with the Philadelphia Eagles, here are their strengths and weaknesses through three weeks. 



The Passing Game

Through three games, the New York Giants passing game is what has allowed them to compete and at times dominate their opponents.  

Eli Manning has a number of different weapons at his disposal as he leads the league with 1,011 passing yards (326.3 per game). Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, who are his top two targets, rank among the league leaders in almost every receiving category. 

Martellus Bennett and Ramses Barden have also stepped up so far this season, as both players are making critics regret their negative perceptions that were stapled upon the two at the beginning of the season. 

The passing game has been and will continue to be the key to the Giants' success this season. 


The Run Defense 

The Giants' run defense has been rather impressive through the first three games of the season. The unit ranks 10th in total yards allowed, as it has shut down some impressive running backs. 

The Giants gave up just 79 yards to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has averaged 102 yards in its other two games combined. The Giants also contained Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray for the most part. The back had 131 yards during the Week 1 contest, but a majority of those yards came on a 48-yard run that should have been stuffed in the backfield for a three-yard loss. 

The run defense has to continue to play at a high level if the Giants want to stand a chance, especially with how bad their pass defense has been. 


Kicking Game

Lawrence Tynes has been flat-out phenomenal through the first three games.

The kicker has made all ten of his field goal attempts, and has a long of 49 yards. 



The Pass Defense 

The pass defense has been and will continue to be the Giants' Achilles' heel for the remainder of the season. Injuries have plagued this unit once again, as teams have torched them for 261 yards a game.

A main reason for this is the drop off in pressure from a season ago that the Giants received from the defensive line. You will see this pass defense tighten up a lot if the defensive line can start wreak havoc like they did last season.


Red Zone Offense 

The Giants have been extremely unimpressive thus far when they are inside the opponent's 25-yard line.

New York has only scored a touchdown on 42.86% of their drives, which translates into the 23rd-ranked team in the league. It is imperative for the Giants to improve in this category, and that is especially so for when they take on NFC East opponents.