The New York Giants are 5-0
Last night, the G-Men defeated the Pats at MetLife Stadium 16-13, after Bill Belichick went for it on fourth down with 2:52 left to play in the game and failed to convert. Enter the Jints with this drive:
|New York at 2:46||NWE||NYG|
|1st and 10 at NE 39||(2:46) K.Gaskins right end to NE 31 for 8 yards (D.Swanson, S.Beauharnais).||13||13|
|2nd and 2 at NE 31||(2:21) (No Huddle) K.Gaskins up the middle to NE 28 for 3 yards (S.Beauharnais, J.Worthy).|
|1st and 10 at NE 28||(2:00) M.Cox right guard to NE 25 for 3 yards (J.Worthy, J.Davis).|
|2nd and 7 at NE 25||(1:30) M.Cox right guard to NE 22 for 3 yards (S.Beauharnais).|
|3rd and 4 at NE 22||(:57) M.Cox up the middle to NE 19 for 3 yards (N.Ebner).|
|Timeout #1 by NE at 00:43.|
|4th and 1 at NE 19||(:43) J.Brown 37 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.DeOssie, Holder-S.Weatherford.||13||16|
5-0 Preseason means…
Absolutely nothing, unless it does mean something, which could mean anything. Digress. Being undefeated in the preseason is fun, but there’s no preseason Super Bowl. It’s interesting to win five games, because most other teams only played four, but the New York Giants have not looked that impressive.
Eli Manning has struggled, the offensive line has struggled; the tight ends, the receivers — basically everyone — has struggled on offense to figure out Ben McAdoo’s system. On Twitter, one person even suggested “hot-seat”:
Is there such a thing as a first year coordinator going into the season on the hot seat? #giants
— Luke Margolis (@LukeMargolis) August 29, 2014
Regardless of their squeaky clean 5-0 record, the play on the field per-drive wasn’t good enough to be 5-0 during the regular season.
While Ben McAdoo is certainly not on the proverbial hot-seat, the offense does need to improve. The New York Giants had five preseason games to tinker and methodically plan for the NFL regular season, starting with the Detroit Lions on Sept 8th, for Monday Night Football.
Semantics aside, the New York Giants just defeated the New England Patriots again… no matter the season or Super Bowl. That’s gotta be good times for Giants Nation. It’s definitely true that fans should be cautious about how they read the message in preseason 5-0, but they should also take solace that they didn’t go 0-4 like the Cowboys (quick, point and laugh at the Cowboys).
Just not too much, because this is a team that needs GIANT improvements from end zone to end zone, sideline to sideline. In other words, all-over-the-field.
5-0: Giants Twitter
— Ally's Dad (@Gar_See_Ah) August 29, 2014
Giants finish preseason 5-0 my money is on that they start regular season 0-5
— Matthew Dent (@matt_dent30) August 29, 2014
— Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) August 29, 2014
5-0 Giants 3-1 Redskins 2-2 Eagles 0-4 Cowboys * Clear pic of what's to come*
— iamxangel (@Fabbien_) August 29, 2014
5-0, boys and girls. Giants go undefeated this preseason.
— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) August 29, 2014
We're going 5-0 undefeated preseason #Giants
— Mr. Shaw (@iamLeonShaw) August 29, 2014
Yall happy cuz the Giants went 5-0 in the PRESEASON?
— Mansa Ed (@suave_gent) August 29, 2014
— Lime (@thereallime) August 29, 2014
How useless is the Pre Season? The Giants went 5-0 and they're 1st team Offense looks like they'll start the season 0-5.
— Ty Legend (@TyFromTheSky) August 29, 2014
@Giants go 5-0 in the preseason so that means they're winning the Super Bowl right?
— Adam Pabis (@APablitto) August 29, 2014
The Giants finished the preseason 5-0. #2015SuperBowlChamps
— Gavin Ewbank (@GavinEwbank) August 29, 2014
— Emma Burns (@emmaburns223) August 29, 2014
Yea we won again!!! Giants bound for super bowl 2015 Way to go blue # 1 fan Were ready for regular season Were 5-0 in preseason.!!!!
— bonnie grock (@b_grock) August 29, 2014
Whether you look at the New York Giants with pessimism or optimism, the real football season is starting soon. Enjoy 5-0 knowing the Giants are one of seven teams to go undefeated in the preseason and go on to win the Super Bowl. They did it in 1990:
7 teams – undefeated preseason – Super Bowl Wins: '67 Packers, ’69 Chiefs, ’71 Cowboys, ’74 Steelers, ’90 Giants, '00 Ravens, ’03 Patriots.
— GMEN HQ (@gmenhq) August 29, 2014
Also notable about 5-0:
Does an undefeated preseason lead to a winning record in the regular season?
No! In the last ten seasons only 42% of the teams that finished the preseason undefeated, went on to have winning records in the regular season.
No matter how you twist it or cherry pick stats, the preseason in the NFL is meaningless unless you attempt to give it meaning. Meaning, the Giants are 5-0.