We are tired about having to report all of the failings of the 2013 NY Giants. Let's talk about some of the good things we see this season.
1) Will Hill. In his first game back, he took all of the snaps and was ubiquitous.
2) Prince Amukamara. Everyone saw the TD he gave up to DeSean Jackson, but he has been otherwise a very solid corner and his play is improving.
3) Run Defense. Vastly improved over 2012. Patterson is the 3rd highest PFF-rated Defensive Tackle vs the run in the NFL.
4) Cruz/Nicks/Randle. When Nicks is healthy, as good as any in the NFL. In a horrible offensive season, these three are #s 2, 3 and 4 on the team.
5) Spencer Paysinger. Carl Banks says he is improving every game. PFF disagrees, and I don't necessarily see it yet, but we'll trust Banks and see how this player does in coming weeks.
6) Kevin Boothe. He and Cruz are the only players on ProFootballFocus.com in "green" on offense.
7) Ryan Mundy. I like his open field tackling ability.
The Gmen are 8 point dogs today. Let's look for the bright spots and start building for 2014. if the Giants can play well from this point forward, they can build for next year. It may not sound invigorating but what else do we have to hope for? All it will take is for some of these younger players to develop, JPP to get healthy by year's end, and for the Giants to get some good draft picks (that Reese does not use on DL!), and then 2014 will be a new year. It starts now with guys like the ones listed above (Moore? Paging Damontre Moore?) getting the experience.
I'm surprised that Gilbride would march into this season with Diehl, Snee and Bass as starters showing such obvious signs of wear in 2012, having lost their best blocking TE, and their best blocking RB... knowing their replacements were serious steps down in blocking ability. Then when their good blocking FB goes down, they use a TE... another serious step down in blocking. All that lost blocking expertise, and they wonder why they're near the bottom of the league in rushing yards per game, on 3rd down conversions, and turnovers... and their defense is near the top of the league in tackles. JR's 1st round draft of Justin Pugh was a good move, but not nearly enough to stem the tide of lost blocking in 2013. Injuries are often unpredictable, but JR and Gilbride needed to do much more to compensate for the lost blocking. They didn't, so now they're earning an early draft pick. Blocking JR... think Blocking.
Agree with RW and CS. The overall stats are bad, but the D has been OK before they break from being overexposed. And this is especially noteworthy given the lackluster LBs, injured secondary and weak pass rush. If the offense gets into a better rhythm, especially by developing a short passing game, and they can get a bit of pressure on the QB the team can do damage. And as long as the rest of the division keeps losing, playoffs are a (perverse) possibility. Let's see what happens tonight
As an analytical, not statistical, observation, the D looks pretty good: they're just suffering from overuse syndrome.
I'm wondering how much our good run D is explained by the leads other team build. I mean you're up by 14 or 17, you run and the defense expects it. Could that play a role? It does increase the number of rushing attemps though, so you must be pretty consistent to get a fine result as they do. We have the most rushing attemps against with 163 (tied with JAX - yes it's as bas as it sounds), allowing 3.9y every time (that's middle of the pack).
In any case we saw against Philly that once Vick was out, and with him the threat of scrambles, we were pretty effective against the best RB in the league.
@Arthuro It might be a part of it, but I still think it's much improved. Remember that all but the Carolina game was within 1 score for at least 3 quarters pretty much. Just based on the eye test (throwing stats out the window) things definitely look improved on that front. The pass D looks improved too. The overall numbers aren't stellar, but it doesn't help when you're on the field over 36 minutes per game relentlessly put into terrible situations by turnovers.
Don't know what to make of the team yet. They definitely deserve to be 0-5, but I don't think it's an 0-5 team. If I had to guess, it'll probably be a close game until some monumental screwup does us in late.