Nov 16, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell (84) can not make a touchdown catch during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
2. New York Giants Red Zone Offense
If there is one thing we know, it is that this offense can put up points. The other day I did an article about the Giants red zone defense. In said article I cited a chart from USA Today Sports that showed the red zone statistics of every NFL team in the 2014 season. The chart is really cool so I’m glad to use it again.
ESPN has a show called “Numbers Never Lie” but we’ll take a look at these numbers and be the judge of that. The Giants got to the red zone offensively more than any team in the NFL. With their 69 trips into the red zone, they amassed 327 points, which is tied with the San Diego Chargers for best in the league. The Giants scored 35 red zone touchdowns, which was the second most in the NFL. The Giants walked a way with 28 field goals as well. Essentially every time the Giants got to the 20 yard line, they came away with points.
The season may have been a disaster on many fronts, but the red zone offense was absolutely impressive. We talked about how efficient Manning was, but wow this entire offense was a well oiled machine. It makes you think what could have happened if key players stayed healthy and the defense wasn’t so poor. The Giants need to learn how to win again but they have the getting to the red zone and scoring thing down pat.
Next: 3. Third Down Success Rate