The Giants have played the following teams:
So before you read the following stats, don't be swayed by their nominal information. You have to weight it by the level of competition the Giants have faced. Here is where the Giants are out of 32 teams in the NFL in the following Offensive categories..
1st downs- 15th
3rd down %- 27th
Penalty Yards- 12th highest
Turnover Ratio- 7th
Sacks Allowed- 21st
Pts per Game- 9th
Rushing Yards per game- 26th
Rushing Attempts per game- 11th
Passing Yards per game- 7th
Passing Attempts per game- 27th
(QB) Passer Rating- 3rd
Completion %- 10th
Now here is an important stat to normalize all of the stats above. If you take the DEFENSIVE ranking of the 6 teams the Giants have faced, this is what it looks like:
Yards Allowed Per Game
WAS 322 (6th)
STL 403 (30th)
PHI 341 (14th)
AZ 377 (21st)
SEA 366 (18th)
BUF 420 (31st)
Average 371 (which would be 20th in ranking)
The only defense that the Giants faced this season that is credible is the Redskins. So the offensive numbers have to be tempered. The good news is that the teams the Giants face in the second half of the season are not (on the whole) strong defensive teams. Rob Ryan's Dallas Defense is #5, we play the Skins (#6) again, the Jets are #11, SF is #13 and that is about it. The takeaway here for the rest of the year> the Offense on the whole will not be the issue for the Giants. Duh, I guess you know what will be, but we will save that discussion for a post next week.
The Giants stats are very painful as they are 4-2 but like the last several years except for one dream season they are too familiar.
The Giants play fair to middling teams and except for the wreck in 09 it all turns out the same. The Giants win some and lose some against the lousy teams and then get embarrassed when it counts most.
Some teams are a little better,some are a little worse. There always is a Philadelphia,a Pittsburgh,a Dallas,a Denver,a Detroit where big things are expected. So too the Patriots and the Jets.
With a little more than half to go there is one dominant team(Packers) who seem to have it all. They beat the bad teams but they beat the best teams too.
The Jets are disappointing but not yet done.There will be change in Miami and San Diego if the don't get it going. Dallas is just the team consistently playing below it;s talent.
Cincinatti is the latest up and comer and what they got for Palmer will make them better.
Minnesota is dysfunctional,the Cardinals still players away,the Bears are cloning 2010 as is Texas. New Orleans is a notch away from the top but tha has been true since they won.
I hope we don't get another repeat in N.Y. but it sure feels that way.
This debate on Kiwi is interesting but there is a bigger picture I believe. Clearly Kiwi is a tweener whose talents can be utilized differently. Last week we saw a lot of 5-2-4. With Tuck due back next week, JPP will certainly have his snaps shortened from 60 to 40. Only because the Giants feel that he has tired at the end of the game. He is most effective when his speed comes into play obviously. When JPP is off the field I think Kiwi can move to DE and Tuck can move inside on obvious running plays. I believe JPP can also play inside with some snaps and utilize his quickness. The Giants strength is their D-Line. I really believe that Fewell will use this to his advantage as the season progresses. At least that is what I would like to see.
I disagree with a recent comment that KIWI should be played at DE. I believe the real issue is how to use him most effectively as a LB. Perhaps he should be lined up on Osi's side, to protect against Osi's vulnerability to the run.
We have an abundance of talent at DE, and a shortage of talent at LB. To get our best talent on the field, I believe KIWI should be a LB.
@Virginia Blue It seems that most of the time, he is lined up behind Osi.
@bigFan How is Kiwi a waste at LB ?
He's been playing very well there, he must be our best run defender (ok, our rush D sucks. Still ...). With Tuck out so much, I think he's our best defender, period. He started out slowly but has been a force lately.
The only thing he seems to have trouble with is coverage which is being asked less and less of him.
I think Fewell has been using him wisely, maximizing his presence on the field.
Yes, he surely is a better DE. But we need him to play LB and I'm pretty sure it's not hurting his career (34 teams must be keeping an eye on him).