New York Giants Stats That Matter Entering the Final Month of the NFL Season

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

Young Will Hill has become a difference-maker in New York.
Young Will Hill has become a difference-maker in New York.Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

As we enter the final month of the 2013 NFL regular season, here are some key stats that help explain why the New York Giants are 5-7 through 13 weeks. 

1,647: That's the total number of yards the Giants defense has surrendered during its last six games, which makes them the NFL's highest-rated D during that stretch. Hard to believe, isn't it? 

10.0: That's the average number of points per game the Giants have allowed on defense the last six weeks. They've had 88 points scored on them, but 28 came on special teams or with the offense on the field. No other team in the league has given up fewer than 12.3 points per game during that stretch. 

Giants defense, 2013
PPG (rank)YPG (rank)Takeaways (rank)
First 6 games29.2 (29th)391.3 (27th)7 (25th)
Last 6 games10.0 (1st)274.5 (1st)13 (2nd)
Pro Football Reference

8: It helps that the offense is no longer constantly putting the D in tough spots. After turning it over a league-high 23 times during the first six weeks of the year, the Giants have just eight in their last six games. They've had only one multi-turnover game since Week 6. No wonder they're 5-1 during that span.

29-41-2: That's the combined record of those last six opponents, which isn't good but also isn't that bad when you knock off the one win and five losses against Big Blue. 

73.4: That's the combined full-season passer rating of the quarterbacks the Giants have faced in their five wins this season. Josh Freeman, Michael Vick, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor and Scott Tolzien are all riding the bench now, and Robert Griffin III has struggled along with the rest of that Washington offense. Those guys have a combined touchdown-to-interception ratio of 38-to-27, and all of these numbers were actually boosted by RGIII in Week 13. The only current starters they've faced since Week 7: Griffin and Tony Romo. 

3.6: That's the average number of yards the Giants have gained per rushing attempt this season, which ranks ahead of only the Steelers, Jaguars and Ravens. Andre Brown and Brandon Jacobs have each averaged 4.1 yards per carry, which is decent, but nobody else has done anything. Not enough support for Eli Manning. 

33.0: That's Manning's passer rating this season when the Giants are within seven points in the fourth quarter. He has zero touchdown passes and three interceptions under those circumstances. Amazing considering how clutch he was in the fourth quarter earlier in his career. 

Eli Manning, quarter by quarter, 2013
1st quarter57.6147.565.7
2nd quarter65.8637.996.1
3rd quarter56.4437.079.1
4th quarter52.6486.153.9

18: Partly as a result of the aforementioned lack of balance, that's Manning's interception total, which ranks second to only fellow New York pivot Geno Smith (19). Manning is on pace to throw 24 picks, which would make him the first quarterback this century to record 24 or more picks twice. 

70.0: But it also has something to do with the fact that that is the Giants offensive line's pass-blocking efficiency rating at Pro Football Focus (subscription required). By that measure, only Arizona's line has been worse in pass protection.

Least efficient pass-blocking offensive lines, 2013
PBEOffensive rankTeam record
Pro Football Focus

10 and 7.5: The first number represents the amount of sacks left tackle Will Beatty has been responsible for this year, according to PFF, and the second number is Beatty's annual salary, in millions of dollars. He signed a five-year, $37.5 million deal in the offseason, but nobody in football has given up more sacks than Beatty has. PFF has concluded that he's the fourth-worst pass-blocking tackle in football. 

48.3: That's New York's touchdown percentage in the red zone, according to, which ranks 25th 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 42.9, which would rank them 31st, ahead of only the Jags. 

3: That's the number of missed tackles Jon Beason has registered since being traded to the Giants in early October. He's got 47 tackles and three misses on 436 snaps as a Giant. As a Panther, he had 10 tackles and just as many misses on only 63 snaps. Talk about completely turning one's career around.

3.8: That's the average number of yards per carry the Giants have given up in run defense, which ranks seventh in football. Linval Joseph, Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins have been good all year.

23: That's the percentage of running plays on which New York's defensive front has stopped opposing backs at or behind the line of scrimmage, which according to Football Outsiders ranks fifth in the NFL. Kudos to the front seven. 

0.99: That's the number of yards opposing backs are averaging when they reach the second level of the Giants defense, according to Football Outsiders, which also 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 12 total tackles on over 1,800 snaps, according to PFF.

9.8: That's Will Hill's PFF grade, making him the fifth-highest-rated safety in the NFL. He's been good in coverage and in run defense and has the league's sixth-best tackling efficiency rating on passing plays. The 23-year-old could have a bright future in New York.