The New York Giants have won two Super Bowls over the past ten years using a strong and relentless defense and solid quarterback play to reach “the top of the heap.”
The team known by fans as “Big Blue” still has Eli Manning, its franchise quarterback, calling signals and igniting its offense alongside Odell Beckham Jr. so that this squad from the Meadowlands finds itself comfortably in the “Top Ten” in the National Football League (NFL) in points scored per game.
But the great defense for which this team has often been known is now just a distant memory. The fact is that the New York Giants are ranked thirty-second (that is dead last) in the league in yardage allowed per game.
It may seem hard to believe, but “the G Men” have been surrendering an average of four hundred nineteen yards per game to every opponent. Included in that number is even more alarming statistics. For instance, opposing quarterbacks have been torching the Giants’ secondary for a whopping two hundred seventy-six passing yards every four quarters.
And Big Blue’s defensive line has been excelling in the “Matador” defense, allowing running backs from other teams to breeze right by it to amass an imposing average of one hundred twenty-one rushing yards per game.
The truth is that every offense that lines up against the Giants defense has been able to turn every single play, in the air or on the ground, into an average gain of 6.1 yards. It is hard to win games when your defense is “defenseless,” even though your offense is somewhat potent. The squad that plays its home games in New Jersey has been enabling foes to score just under twenty-five points per game and that puts immense pressure on Eli Manning and his offensive crew.
So it is no surprise that even though New York plays in the very weak East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), it finds itself in second place behind the surprising Washington Redskins with a Won-Loss record of 5-6.
With only five games remaining to be played in the regular season, the New York Giants have only one path open to the playoffs. This squad will have to win its division. But that won’t be easy. The Giants must play their cross-town rivals, the New York Jets, this weekend and then face off against tough opponents like the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings in the weeks ahead.
The possibility that this squad will be playing in January is very real, but it is not guaranteed. The New York Giants will have to dramatically improve their defensive performance on the gridiron and will look for improved play from leader Jason Pierre Paul and the other defensive players.
That means they will have to eliminate their porous “Matador” defense if they want to win most of their remaining games and earn an invitation to the postseason.
Courtesy of Rant Sports