After seven games, the Giants' statsitics are all over the map but that should not worry fans. This season can still turn out to be a fruitful one as they come off the bye week and begin preparing for next Sunday's showdown against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
Fact: The Giants (4-3) have won four games by a total of 15 points, the smallest combined margin for four successive victories since Oct. 16-Dec. 11, 2011, when they won four games by a total of 13 points. If you recall, they won the Super Bowl that season.
Fact: Last Sunday against Los Angeles in London, the Giants surrendered points on each of their opponent's first two possessions, and none thereafter. That had last happened on Oct. 15, 2007, when they won in Atlanta, 31-10. They won the Super Bowl that season, too.
Fact: The Giants' time of possession has been less than 25 minutes in each of their last four games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time that's happened since the statistic was first tracked in 2007. It's the running game, stupid. No balance in the offense. You can't kill the clock with a passing game, no matter how short the routes are. The Giants are running 61 offensive plays per game and their opponents are averaging 71. Gotta even this out.
Fact: The Giants have not rushed for more than 80 yards in any of their last four games, the first time that's happened since Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 1991 (a victory against Tampa Bay, and losses to Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Washington). Something's gotta give with this. Is it personnel? Scheme? Execution? Or could it be they abandon the run game too early? We'll see. Head coach Ben McAdoo says he will fix this. Good luck to him. For the record, the Giants were last in rushing during their Super Bowl season of 2011, averaging 89.2 yards per game.
Fact: QB Eli Manning threw neither a touchdown pass nor an interception in London, the 12th time that's happened in his 13 seasons. The Giants are 7-5 in those games....The Giants are 12-21 when Manning does not throw a touchdown pass, 46-23 when he does not throw an interception, and 28-12 when he is not sacked. What does this mean? Not sure, but it's interesting. I think not turning the ball over and not getting sacked usually means the Giants have a very good chance of winning...
The Giants scored the game-winning touchdown against the Rams with 9:23 remaining - but Manning was credited with his 32nd fourth-quarter comeback (victories in which he has led the Giants from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie to win). That is fourth among active quarterbacks behind Tom Brady (39), Drew Brees (37), and Ben Roethlisberger (33). If I'm not mistaken, those other three QBs are considered elite and Hall of Fame material. So, if someone asks if Eli is a Hall of Famer, your answer should be "yes."
Manning's 37 pass attempts vs. the Rams increased his career total to 6,497. That moved him past former Giant and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (6,467) and into 10th place on the NFL's career list. Vinny Testaverde is ninth with 6,701 passes. Ok, so Vinny isn't going to the Hall anytime soon but Eli will continue to climb up this list. After Vinny is Drew Bledsoe but in front of Bledsoe are seven players who are either in Canton or on their way: Warren Moon, John Elway, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.
WR Victor Cruz's team-high 55 receiving yards against the Rams increased his career total to 4,294. That moved him past Aaron Thomas (4,253) and into 12th place on the Giants' career list. Cruz trails No. 11 Del Shofner by 21 yards. Yes, Cruz has been great when he's been on the field. Should he stay healthy, Cruz should make a dent in this list, but will not likely catch Amani Toomer, who holds the franchise record with 9,497 receiving yards.