2015 New York Giants: A Much Improved Team


Last season started very similar to this season for the New York Giants. In 2014 the Giants began 0-2. They went on to win three games in a row. Just when it looked like the Giants were rolling, it all came tumbling down with a seven game losing streak.

The 2015 Giants have climbed out of their 0-2 hole. With a 2-2 record the Giants must avoid making what happened in 2014 a pattern.

The Giants are a new team this season and it looks like the team is just beginning to heat up. They have led late in every game and in the past two weeks they finished what they had started. The 24-10 victory over the Giants was something that couldn’t have existed last year. The strong performance from the offensive line and defense is clear evidence of an improved football team.

Sep 24, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) loses his helmet as he tackles Washington Redskins wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Giants gave up 4.9 yards a carry and got gashed on the ground all season long. Through four games this season the Giants have the league’s best rush defense. The Giants are giving up a stingy 3.1 yards per carry and only 69.8 rushing yards per game. They clearly are a different team.

The longest run the Giants have allowed this year was 14 yards. This is pretty impressive when you consider that 14 NFL teams have given up a run of 30 yards or more this season. You cannot say enough about the Giants defense this year.

The offensive line has survived the injury problems of Ereck Flowers, which has the rookie left tackle coming on and off the field. The run blocking still leaves a little to be desired but it is better and Manning is getting decent protection. Manning has only been sacked four times this season which is the third least sacks in the NFL.

The evidence is clear, this is a new look Giants team. I don’t know how coach Coughlin got so much improvement from a very similar roster, but whatever he is doing, it is working.

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