Few teams had a stronger statistical 2010 than the 10-6 New York Giants. When looking at the numbers that usually dictate success in this league (rushing defense vs rushing offense and explosive play differential), one would have a tough time explaining how this team was left off of the playoffs. The Giants were the seventh best defense in the entire league, and was at the very top in regards to gaining/stopping explosive plays. Then again, in what may even be a bigger statistical differentiator, the Giants also led the NFL in turnovers with 42.
New York was one devastating DeSean Jackson punt return away from the playoffs, but that single play took the emotional soul from this team. The following week, Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns against Eli Manning’s four interceptions. I don’t need to tell you who won that game.
Still, the Giants seam in pretty good shape going into the 2011 season. Bolstering their defensive tackle and linebacker positions will be an early initiative in the draft, but passing up on an offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick could prove to be difficult.
At best, last years draft had limited results. Defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, and safety Chad Jones all had very minimal impact.
Although teams don’t tend to travel well from coast to coast, The Giants will benefit from facing the NFC West. That will be countered by the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints in their out of division games and a brutal run through the AFC East.