Midseason Stats That Matter: New York Giants

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Philadelphia Eagles defeat the New York Giants 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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The first half of the 2013 NFL regular season was far from easy on the New York Giants and their fans. Let's relive the pain by reflecting on some numbers that help explain the state of the Giants entering the second half of the year.

82: That's how many more points the Giants have given up than they've scored, which is still the second-worst total in the NFL despite the fact they're plus-3 in their last four games, posting a 2-2 record in that span. The Giants are 2-6, but the 0-8 Buccaneers are minus-66 in this category, while the 1-7 Vikings are also minus-66. Only the 0-8 Jaguars are worse off at minus-178, which is historically bad. When the Giants lose, they lose ugly. They've been outscored by an average of 18 points in their six losses this season.

3.8: That's the average quality of the opponents the Giants have played, based on the Simple Ratings System utilized by Pro-Football-Reference. The number itself might not mean a lot on the surface, but all that matters is that it's the highest in the league. The eight opponents the Giants have had thus far have a combined record of 40-28 (.588). Their remaining opponents are 36-30 (.545). Bad year to have a tough schedule.

25: That's the number of turnovers the Giants have committed this year, which is the highest total in the league and the second-highest total for the first eight games of a season this century. The Chiefs turned it over 29 times during the first eight games of the 2012 season, which also probably helps indicate how quickly this Giants team can turn it around. 

Most turnovers, first eight games (2000-2013)
Kansas City Chiefs2012291-7
New York Giants2013252-6
Carolina Panthers2010251-7
Carolina Panthers2009243-5

69.9 and 3.2: That's how many rushing yards the Giants are averaging per game and per attempt, both ranking 30th in the NFL. They've trailed a lot, while both David Wilson and Andre Brown have been hurt, so this shouldn't surprise anyone. Still, the lack of balance is brutal. 

70.8: That's the pass-blocking efficiency rating Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has assigned to the Giants' offensive line, which ranks second-last in football, above only Arizona's line. They're allowing pressure on Eli Manning 15.6 times per game, which is the second-highest total, just a fraction behind the Cardinals. Will Beatty has struggled, and Chris Snee and David Baas are out with injuries, so they're in bad shape.

67: That's the total number of pressures Will Beatty and Justin Pugh have surrendered, which is more than all but one other offensive tackle duo in football, per PFF. Beatty isn't living up to that big contract, and Pugh hasn't delivered as a first-round pick.

Most pressure allowed, tackle duos (2013)
DuoTeamPressure allowedSacks allowed
Jordan Mills/Jermon BushrodBears693
Will Beatty/Justin PughGiants677
Tyson Clabo/Jonathan MartinDolphins6315
Pro Football Focus

5.0: That's the number of plays the Giants are running per drive, which is the lowest in the league. Even Arizona's and Jacksonville's offensive drives are lasting a longer. No sustainability, with poor pass protection, a bad running game and every receiver not named Cruz struggling. 

47.4: That's New York's touchdown percentage in the red zone, according to TeamRankings.com, which ranks 28th in the NFL. While the team has finally started winning, they haven't improved at all in this area. In the last three weeks, their red-zone touchdown rate has been 37.5, which would rank them 31st, ahead of only the Jags. 

53.1: That's the percentage of catches Hakeem Nicks has when he's been targeted, which ranks 90th in the NFL, per PFF. Nicks used to consistently catch over 60 percent of the balls thrown his way, but that average has plummeted over the last two years. Unfortunately for the Giants, Nicks isn't even ranked last on the team in this area. Rueben Randle has caught only 51.1 percent of the passes thrown his way. Nicks and Randle have a combined 11 dropped passes.

Hakeem Nicks: Year-by-year reception percentages
Rec %NFL rank
Pro Football Focus

66.3: That's Eli Manning's accuracy percentage, according to PFF, which ranks dead last in the NFL among current starting quarterbacks who have taken at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps. Last year, Manning ranked 28th in the same category at 69.9. Accuracy percentage is what a quarterback's completion percentage would look like if you removed dropped passes, spikes and throwaways from the equation. So stop making excuses for the guy. 

68.4: That's Manning's passer rating, which ranks third-last in the NFL, ahead of only Brandon Weeden and Josh Freeman. 

55.7: That's Manning's completion percentage, which ranks fourth-last in the NFL, ahead of only Weeden, Freeman and Michael Vick.

Minus-12: That's the Giants' turnover margin, which ranks dead last in the NFL. They're on pace to finish at minus-24 in this category, which would be a new all-time franchise low.

10: That's the number of sacks the Giants have recorded this season, which is the lowest total in the NFL. They also have the lowest sack percentage in football, and by quite a wide margin. The Giants won despite deficiencies in the past by airing it out on offense and making big plays up front on defense. They haven't been able to do any of that this year. Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, the G-Men have never had fewer than 25 in a single season. They're on pace for only 20 this year.

Least effective pass rushes, 2013
Sacks (rank)Sack % (rank)
New York Giants10 (32nd)3.0 (32nd)
Jacksonville Jaguars11 (31st)4.3 (30th)
Detroit Lions13 (30th)4.1 (31st)

3.6: That's the number of yards per carry the Giants are allowing this season in run defense, an average which ranks fifth in the NFL. Pretty amazing considering how terrible that linebacking corps looks on paper. Although Jon Beason has been a pleasant surprise.

0.98: That's how many yards opposing backs are averaging when they reach the second level of the Giants defense, according to Football Outsiders, which ranks fifth in the league. Again, that linebacking corps has been really good against the run. Beason, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams have missed only eight total tackles on over 1,000 snaps, according to PFF.

32: That's the yard line opposing teams are starting on against the Giants, which gives New York's defense the shortest average field in the league to defend.