Stats don't often tell the whole story, but most are relevant when put into context. Here are four stats related to the New York Giants that help explain why they stand where they do at the six-week mark of the 2012 NFL regular season.
10.2: That's left tackle William Beatty's cumulative Pro Football Focus rating through four starts, which places him seventh among 68 qualifying tackles. There are plenty of reasons why this offensive line has turned things around, but Beatty's superb play has been the key. Along with the fact that David Diehl has finally been removed from action. Inside, Chris Snee and David Baas also rank among the top 12 at their respective positions.
4.6: That's how many yards per carry the Giants are averaging on the ground this season, which is an improvement of 31 percent from last year. They've gone from dead-last in the league to sixth. The line's been good overall, but they've actually been stuffed on 22 percent of their carries, which is the ninth-worst number in the league, per Football Outsiders.
Where Ahmad Bradshaw, David Wilson and Andre Brown have really excelled is in the second level of the defense and in the open field. Football Outsiders ranks them sixth and third in those categories, respectively.
6.3: That's how many yards per play the Giants have averaged this season, which is tied for first in the NFL. They've run 32 plays that have fetched 20-plus yards, which ranks first in the NFL. This is proving to be an all-or-nothing offense that gets all a lot more than it gets nothing. They had four running plays of 20 yards or more all last season—a number that has already been doubled in six games this year.
-11.4: That's the Giants' pass coverage rating from PFF, which ranks 28th in the league. What's most amazing is that top cornerback Corey Webster is ranked dead-last in coverage among the 100 cornerbacks who have taken at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps (per PFF). Only three players in the league have given up more yards than Webster, who has also surrendered three touchdowns and given up an opposing passer rating of 119.7.
Of course, it hasn't helped that the pass rush was registering only 1.6 sacks per game until it stepped it up with six of them in San Francisco. Still, this is a concern.
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