The Giants are having an unusual season here in 2016. They sport a winning record at 4-3 after seven games, but have been deficient in many major aspects of the game. Here are several statistical areas they will improve upon in the second half of the season.
Sacks. With only nine sacks in the first seven games, the Giants are next to last in the league. Pittsburgh, believe it or not, is last with eight. The pass rush has not been getting home but they've been getting close. Both Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon are among the leaders in QB pressures. It will come. They had a franchise-low 23 sacks last season without these two, so the prediction is they surpass that by a bunch, meaning they get around 20 in the final nine games. With three sacks in their last game vs the Rams, things could be about to change.
Rushing Yards per Game. The Giants have just 492 rushing yards this season, a average of 70.3 yards per game. With Rashad Jennings healthier and Paul Perkins poised to get more touches, the Giants should raise that average. Head coach Ben McAdoo has vowed to run the ball more, so their fortunes almost have to change here.
Passing TDs. QB Eli Manning has only eight and is on pace to equal his worst season, 2013, when he threw 18 TDs. But that was before he had these receivers and before Ben McAdoo got here. The prediction here is he ends up with at least 25, which is just a tad under three per game going forward. Doable.
Time of Possession. The Giants are holding the ball just 25 minutes per game. That's because they are passing 65% of the time and going three-and-out way too frequently. Balancing out the offense will take care of that. The defense simply cannot sustain the current pace, playing 35 minutes per game.
Turnover Ratio. At -7 the Giants have been on the wrong end of the give/take battle all year. The offense has 14 turnovers, which is fourth most in the league so far. Their seven takeaways are among the lowest in the NFL. The former number can be controlled but the latter number is harder to improve on. Expect fewer turnovers and hope for more takeaways.
Which players will step it up in the second half.... JPP and Vernon, RB Paul Perkins, CB Eli Apple and TE Jerell Adams should all be better. What really needs to happen is the offensive line needs to play better, and as the season goes on, they just might.