New York Giants Stats That Mattered in 2013

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off the field after the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 36-21.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have been to the playoffs just once in half a decade. And it's a shame, too, because they seem to have a knack for winning once they actually get to the postseason. Let's look at some numbers that might help to explain why the Giants finished below the .500 mark in 2013 for the first time in nine years.

91: That's the number of games lost by Giants starters due to injury in 2013, according to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. Not only was that the highest total in football, but it was 10 percent higher than the next team on the list. Safety Stevie Brown counts for an entire season, and key interior offensive linemen Chris Snee and David Baas missed a combined 26 games. Throw in David Wilson and Corey Webster, and you're almost there. That isn't easy to overcome, but the Colts, Patriots and Packers all made the playoffs despite finishing in the top six in that study.

44: That's the number of times the Giants turned it over, which led the league by a margin of 29 percent. In fact, since 2007, only two teams have turned the ball over more than 41 times in a single season: the 2010 Giants and the 2013 Giants.

Most turnovers in one season, since 2007
1. New York Giants2013447-9
2. New York Giants20104210-6
3. Detroit Lions2009412-14
4. Baltimore Ravens2007405-11
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers2011404-12
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27: That's the number of interceptions Eli Manning threw in 2013, which obviously led the league. There have been five 25-pick seasons since the turn of the century, and Manning has two of them. He's joined by Brett Favre, Jay Cutler and Vinny Testaverde, who have one each. He's one of only seven quarterbacks post-1970 merger who have two 25-interception seasons, but he's the only one who didn't retire before the 21st century. 

Most 25-interceptions, 21st century
Quarterback25-interception seasons
Eli Manning2
Jay Cutler1
Brett Favre1
Vinny Testaverde1
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28.1: That was Manning's passer rating when the Giants were within seven points in the fourth quarter. In those scenarios, he had zero touchdowns and four interceptions. Remember when Eli was Mr. Clutch? What happened?

39: That's the number of sacks Manning took, which crushed his previous career high of 30. The depleted offensive line gave up pressure on 236 occasions, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), which was the third-highest total in football. 

3.5: That's the average number of yards the Giants gained per rushing attempt, ranking ahead of only the Jaguars and Ravens. Injuries did a number on the running game, putting even more pressure on Manning. 

25: That, as a percentage, is how often Giants running backs were stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage, which ranked 31st in the NFLaccording to Football Outsiders. Again, that running game needs a hell of a boost. 

47.2: That was the Giants' red-zone scoring percentage, according to, which was third-worst in the NFL. 

332.3: That's the average number of yards the Giants surrendered per game, which was the eighth-lowest mark in the NFL. This D completely turned it around seven games into the season. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a defense turn a corner that quickly. Just look:

Giants defense, 2013
PPG (rank)YPG (rank)Takeaways/game (rank)
First 6 weeks34.8 (32nd)424.7 (27th)1.2 (25th)
Last 10 weeks17.4 (4th)296.8 (4th)2.2 (1st)
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13: That's the number of sacks left tackle Will Beatty gave up in 2013, according to PFF, which was the highest total in the NFL. Beatty signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract prior to the season. 

3.8: That's the average number of yards per carry the Giants gave up in run defense, which ranked fourth in football. Linval Joseph, Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins were good all year.

1.00: That's the number of yards opposing backs averaged when they reached the second level of the Giants defense, according to Football Outsiders, which ranked seventh in the league. That linebacking corps was also really good against the run. Jon Beason, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams missed only 19 total tackles on nearly 2,500 snaps, according to PFF.

7.1: That was Jason Pierre-Paul's pass-rushing productivity rating, according to PFF, which ranked 34th among 38 4-3 defensive ends who played at least 50 percent of their teams' snaps. Pierre-Paul's numbers continue to slide at an alarming rate since he broke out with a monster 2011 campaign.

What has happened to Jason Pierre-Paul?
YearSacksForced fumblesTackles
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15.7: That was Will Hill's PFF grade, making him the second-highest-rated safety in the NFL. He was good in coverage and in run defense and had the league's second-best tackling efficiency rating on passing plays. The 23-year-old could have a bright future in New York. 

-22.2: That's the Giants total offensive DVOA (defense-adjusted value over replacement) at Football Outsiders. Based on that weighted metric, only the Jaguars were worse on offense than Big Blue in 2013.

7.3: That was the average offensive DVOA of the Giants' opponents, per Football Outsiders, meaning the New York defense played the toughest schedule in the NFL. That's surprising, especially considering the number of backup quarterbacks they were lucky enough to face. They also had the best defense in the league against opposing No. 2 wide receivers, per the same source, which I suppose is a testament to how well Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas played. 

0: That's the total number of touchdowns Hakeem Nicks scored in 2013, making him the only skill-position player in football to be held without a touchdown on 800 or more snaps.