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Aug 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis (33) scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants: 5-0


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”:


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.

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.
 
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


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:

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.

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