Does this season seem weird to you so far? Maybe, maybe not. The Giants are 2-1 to start the season, playing three close games and doing some uncharacteristic things that fans aren't accustomed to. Here are five examples:
WR Odell Beckham Jr. does not have a TD catch yet
Yes, Beckham has reached the 200 reception mark faster than any player in NFL history. He is also the first player to reach 3,000 yards by his 30th pro game. This year, he has 19 receptions for 280 yards but has yet to catch one in the paint. After scoring 25 TDs in his first 26 games, OBJ has been shut out in his last three.
"Going three games and not being in there, you don't take it for granted anymore," Beckham said this week. "It seems like scoring a touchdown is the norm. I know for sure I could score every single game. I feel that way. I'm confident in myself, in my abilities. It's just the opportunities. I want to be in there, but I want to be in there so we put points on the board. So we can score instead of getting field goals or turning the ball over. You want to end the drives with points and not field goals and turnovers because it's not going to win the game."
The Giants have only one takeaway over the first three games and have minus-6 give/take ratio
Big Blue has recovered one fumble and has yet to record an interception. They had 15 INTs and 12 fumble recoveries last year when they finished with +6 ratio.
"We haven't done anything differently than we did a year ago and at this time last year, I think we had six," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "I think we had three in the first game, none in the second, three in the third and that was pretty good. I'm really shocked that we don't have any right now, I am. I don't remember, other than I think Jackrabbit last week had a chance at an interception, but I don't remember many that we dropped.
"Now, I think there were a couple of balls that have been on the ground that we have to go get, there's one I can think about last week," Spagnuolo continued. "But, you've got to be patient. If you force that, you start missing tackles, and you start putting your eyes where they're not supposed to be. So, we'll play good, sound football, rely on relentless and hopefully those will come because we need them."
Punter Brad Wing has not had a kick downed inside the 20 yard line
Wing leads the league in gross average at 51.5 yards per punt. But he has yet to induce a fair catch or drop one inside the 20.
"We had a lot earlier last year because we had a lot of punts from the plus-50," special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said. "This year we haven't had as many to compare to. We haven't been punting as much. Kickoff and return, we're trying to establish field position."
DE Jason Pierre-Paul has played 97.6 percent of the defensive snaps in the first three games
JPP has been on the field for 206 six of the team's 211 defensive plays. He's tied for second in that category with safety Landon Collins and behind CB Janoris Jenkins (208). After missing the first half of the 2015 season, JPP is staying healthy and is showing the determination and desire the Giants had hoped he would.
"He's playing with great effort," head coach Ben McAdoo said this week. "You saw that the last drive of the first half last week, you know, him finishing the drive off with tremendous effort there."
Eli Manning is second in the NFL in completion percentage
When head coach Ben McAdoo came on the scene three seasons ago, his quest was to fix what was wrong with Eli, who had become undisciplined and erratic. The objective was to get Manning to raise to his completion rate over 70 percent. In their first two seasons together, Eli logged in completion rates of 63.1 and 62.6 percent.
This year, Manning is completing 71 percent of his passes, second only to New England's Jimmy Garoppolo. His QBR is 98.1, which is the highest of his career. Granted, some sacrifices had to be made. The route tree he's been operating with is a bit shorter these days. Eli has 12 completions of 20 yards or more but just two over 40 yards.