Statistics of 2016 New York Giants confirm what we already know by now
The first three games of the New York Giants‘ (2-1) 2016 season confirms what we already know about the team’s strengths and weaknesses.
The Big Blue has shown some strength on both offense and defense. In terms of total yardage (1190), the team ranks somewhere near the average in the NFL.
The completion percentage is 75% which is also good for the Giants.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s individual yards per reception is outstanding at 14.7 above the league average for wide receivers. Josh Brown’s field goal percentage of two for two in two games is predictably good.
Eli Manning’s three total interceptions on the season is average or slightly better compared to other quarterbacks in the league.
The offensive split is at least average or somewhat better at 6.58 when it is 1st and 10. Manning and his offensive are effective in 3rd and 4th and short situations, averaging 10 yards. In terms of yards to go, there has been an improvement between one and two.
The numbers confirm what we have known for too long
On defense, the yards yielded per penalty is over 10, which is below average in the rest of both conferences. The Giants’ points per drive is a disappointing 1.84 behind the opposition’s 1.97. Fumbles have been excessive and came at the worst times, totaling seven. Adding three interceptions so far, 10 turnovers are below average in the NFL even thought it may be at or better than average for the 2014 (21) and 2015 Giants (23).
The Giants shoot themselves in the foot in terms of starting drives of 24.8 ranking 26th place.
Expert analysis draws attention to these weaknesses. The persistent complaint for the past couple of seasons is a team that comes close to winning games, but then loses the game toward the end of the game due for no apparent reason.
There is information to confirm the reasons why the Giants are losing more often than winning. Ben McAdoo’s barometer will be whether he can instill discipline and self-reflective critical thinking at every level of the organization.