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Inside the Numbers: After the bye week

Posted Nov 5, 2013

Giants.com's Michael Eisen takes a statistical approach to the team following the bye week

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Statistics can often be distorted or misleading, but a look at the Giants’ numbers in the first half of the 2013 season provides a clear indication why they are 2-6 as they come off their bye and prepare to host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.


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That record is easily the worst mark through eight games in Tom Coughlin’s 10 seasons as head coach. The Giants were 5-3 in 2005 and 2009, 7-1 in 2008 and 6-2 in each of the other six seasons, including the previous three.

The numbers show why the Giants will begin the second half of the season facing an uphill climb toward playoff contention. They are scoring fewer points, gaining fewer yards – particularly on the ground – and turning over the ball far too often. It was no coincidence that the Giants did not have an offensive turnover in each of their last two games and enjoyed their first victories of the season over Minnesota and Philadelphia.

The Giants are also allowing more points than they have at any midseason under Coughlin. But that is not completely the defense’s fault. The punt team has given up four touchdowns (three on returns, one via a bad snap) and cost the Giants a shutout in the two victories. The defense has allowed only a field goal in the last 10 quarters and has shutout three opponents in the last nine quarters. The unit has plenty of room for improvement on third down and in sacking opposing quarterbacks and forcing turnovers.

Perhaps the most startling statistic is the Giants’ turnover differential. Coughlin preaches the importance of winning the turnover battle as routinely as he wears a Giants cap whenever he’s on the practice field or the sideline. But the Giants are last in the NFL at minus-12, with 25 giveaways – seven more than any other team – and 13 takeaways. That, obviously, is their worst midseason mark in Coughlin’s decade with the team. Last year at this time, the Giants were plus-13, their best midseason differential under Coughlin.

Elsewhere, the Giants have scored only 15 touchdowns in eight games and their 17.6 points per game are almost 12 points fewer than they were scoring at this juncture in 2012. Their first downs (18.1 a game), total yards (327.8), rushing yards per game (69.9) and per carry (3.2) are all midseason lows since 2004, Coughlin’s first season.

Eli Manning has been sacked 12 more times after eight games this season than last (19-7), while the defense has gone the other way (10 now, 21 a year ago). On the plus side, their opponents’ average play has gained 4.9 yards, compared to 6.2 yards in 2012.

Opposing completion percentage is down slightly to 60.1, but passer rating has risen from 78.1 to 83.6, and Giants interceptions have dropped from 16 to seven.

Special teams have given us one statistical oddity. The Giants have missed two field goal attempts at midseason for the third year in a row. But the number of tries has fluctuated from nine in 2011 to 26 last year to 14 this season.

The following are the Giants’ midseason offensive, defensive and special teams statistics from 2004-2013:

OFFENSE:

Category

Mid
2004
Mid
2005
Mid
2006
Mid
2007
Mid
2008
Mid
2009
Mid
2010
Mid
2011
Mid
2012
Mid 2013
Record

5-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 7-1 5-3 6-2 6-2 6-2 2-6
Points/
Game

21.5 29.1 24.3 25.0 28.3 26.5 27.0 24.6 29.3 17.6
Touchdowns

19 26 23 24 24 23 27 25 23 15
First Downs/
Game

19.7 18.4 21.3 20.7 21.8 20.6 22.9 20.5 21.5 18.1
Avg. Possession
Time

31:34 28:44 31:37 32:07 33:01 33:57 34:32 29:41 30:36 28:56
3rd Downs
Made/Att.

28/101 41/106 43/100 45/103 42/96 49/112 38/102 35/103 40/102 38/110
3rd Down Pct.

27.7 38.7 43.0 43.7 43.8 43.8 37.3 34.0 39.2 34.5
Total Yds/
Game

335.6 340.4 359.1 334.0 371.4 386.9 401.0 371.6 396.8 327.8
Avg. Per Play

5.2 5.5 5.5 5.2 5.8 5.8 5.9 5.8 6.2 5.2
Rush Yards/Game

131.5 125.8 143.0 137.8 162.6 141.8 151.9 88.8 114.6 69.9
Per Carry Avg.

4.5 4.5 4.7 4.6 5.2 4.4 4.7 3.3 4.4 3.2
Pass Yards/
Game

204.1 214.6 216.1 196.3 208.8 245.1 249.1 282.9 282.1 257.9
Completion Pct.

61.5 51.6 61.1 56.8 61.4 58.3 65.7 62.9 62.5 55.6
Sacks Yards/
Lost

34/167 12/94 17/122 9/54 10/70 10/66 12/82 15/114 7/48 19/120
Interceptions   

4 5 9 9 5 8 11 6 8 16
Passer Rating

83.7 84.3 87.2 77.3 91.1 87.4 92.7 98.8 88.9 68.4
Fumbles/Lost

19/7 11/6 9/3 9/5 10/2 11/6 15/11 9/5 6/3 12/9
Turnover Diff.

+9 +13 +1 +1 +6 +1 -3 +7 +13 -12
Red Zone TDs

32/14
43.8%
43/18
52.9%
25/14
56.0%
29/16
55.2%
36/18
50.0%
32/13
40.6%
31/20 64.5% 27/17
63.0%
36/16
44.4%
19/9 47.4%
Penalties/
Yards

63/496 71/549 53/440 41/367 56/489 45/386 51/435 51/421 36/299 55/509

DEFENSE:

Category Mid
2004
Mid
2005
Mid
2006
Mid
2007
Mid
2008
Mid
2009
Mid
2010
Mid
2011
Mid
2012
Mid 2013
Points/
Game

17.6 17.9 18.0 19.8 16.1 22.9 20.0 23.0 20.1 27.9
Touchdowns

18 15 17 20 14 24 17 20 17 26
First Downs/
Game

17.5 19.5 18.0 18.0 14.6 15.6 13.8 20.3 19.6 21.9
3rd Downs
Made/Att.

39/99 47/111 51/112 44/108 35/100 30/96 30/103 39/113 34/94 54/120
3rd Down Pct.

39.4 42.3 45.5 40.7 35.0 31.3 29.1 34.5 36.2 45.0
Total Yds/
Game

315.0 341.8 301.1 296.1 260.4 278.1 250.6 365.6 386.5 344.3
Avg. Per Play

5.3 5.2 4.8 4.8 4.6 5.2 4.4 5.5 6.2 4.9
Rush Yds/
Game

118.8 98.3 94.9 101.0 85.4 113.1 80.9 127.1 113.0 102.3
Per Carry Avg.

4.5 4.0 3.8 4.2 3.8 4.6 3.5 4.6 4.6 3.6
Pass Yds/
Game

196.3 243.5 206.1 195.1 175.0 165.0 169.8 238.5 273.5 242.0
Completion Pct.

60.9 61.6 58.0 57.0 57.6 58.6 54.6 59.8 62.4 60.1
Sacked/
Yards

20/125 19/137 21/120 30/194 30/210 18/143 24/159 28/215 21/159 10/87
Interceptions

10 11 9 8 11 6 9 10 16 7
Passer Rating

82.0 76.5 74.9 79.2 70.2 86.3 72.6 78.8 78.1 83.6
Opp. Fumbles

14/10 15/13 12/4 14/7 11/2 18/9 19/10 16/8 15/8 14/6
Red Zone TDs

22/15
68.2%
23/12
52.2%
17/11
64.7%
19/13
68.4%
14/5
35.7%
26/19
73.1%
21/12
57.1%
30/15
50%
19/9
47.4%
22/13 59.1
Opp.
Pens/Yards

68/544 75/563 38/283 65/501 62/464 45/389 62/508 56/497 52/381 49/491

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Category Mid
2004
Mid
2005
Mid
2006
Mid
2007
Mid
2008
Mid
2009
Mid
2010
Mid
2011
Mid
2012
Mid 2013
Field Goals

13/18 17/18 11/13 12/15 18/19 17/21 9/12 7/9 24/26 12/14
Punts/
Average

37/40.7 35/44.1 34/41.0 33/39.7 30/43.4 31/39.9 30/44.8 44/45.8 28/45.9 46/47.2
Net Punting Avg. 

35.3 40.2 36.1 34.5 39.4 35.9 35.4 39.3 39.5 35.4
Opp. Punts/Avg.

41/37.7 35/41.9 37/41.2 40/44.3 41/44.5 45/46.1 46/44.2 39/45.2 27/44.7 40/44.5
Opp. Net Punting

33.6 36.1 37.1 39.9 37.3 40.3 39.0 40.8 41.3 40.3
Punt Returns/
Avg.

19/7.7 23/7.9 16/5.7 19/8.2 25/9.4 26/8.5 25/6.4 16/8.2 11/6.7 18/6.1
Opp. Punt Returns

16/8.8 19/6.1 13/8.2 15/7.3 11/5.4 11/7.6 15/14.8 26/8.8 14/5.5 21/20.2
KO Returns/
Avg.

26/24.5 30/26.5 30/21.3 26/24.7 27/20.6 29/21.5 23/17.5 24/22.3 31/25.8 19/21.2
Opp. KO Returns

36/18.8 44/21.3 33/21.4 42/25.1 45/20.1 40/22.0 39/20.1 24/22.7 39/23.9 11/25.0
*The Giants’ game vs. Oakland on Sunday will kick off a three-game homestand that includes contests in MetLife Stadium vs. Green Bay and Dallas. It’s the first time the Giants are hosting three games in three weeks since Oct. 19-Nov. 12, 2006, when they defeated Tampa Bay and Houston and lost to a Chicago Bears team that advanced that season to the Super Bowl. The Giants played three consecutive home games in 2011, but had a bye between the second and third games.

The Giants almost certainly have to sweep the three games to remain in contention for the NFC East title. History suggests that will be difficult.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, NFL teams have had 145 three-game homestands (without a bye) since 1995. The Houston Texans played four consecutive home games in 2008, which Elias broke down into a pair of three-game streaks.

Here is how those teams fared:
3-0: 27 
2-1: 56
1-2: 50
0-3: 12
Game 1: 86-59 (.593)
Game 2: 75-70 (.517)
Game 3: 82-63 (.566)

*On Sunday, the Giants will try to win their sixth consecutive game following a regular-season bye:

Giants after bye weeks: 9-15 (.375) overall, have won five in a row
1990  W 4-0 at bye  Beat the Redskins in Washington, 24-20
1991  L 4-3 at bye  Lost to the Redskins at home, 17-13
1992  L 1-2 at bye  Lost to the Raiders in Los Angeles, 13-10
1993  L 3-0 at first bye  Lost to the Bills in Buffalo, 17-14
 L 5-1 at second bye  Lost to the Jets at home, 10-6
1994  L 3-0 at bye  Lost to Saints in New Orleans, 27-22
1995  W 2-5 at bye  Beat the Redskins in Washington, 24-15
1996  L 2-3 at bye  Lost to the Eagles at home, 19-10
1997  L 6-3 at bye  Lost to the Oilers in Memphis, 10-6
1998  L 3-4 at bye  Lost to the Redskins in Washington, 21-14
1999  L 5-3 at bye  Lost the Colts at home, 27-19
2000  W 5-2 at bye  Beat the Eagles at home, 24-7
2001  L 5-6 at bye  Lost to the Cowboys in Dallas, 20-13
2002  L 3-3 at bye  Lost to the Eagles in Philadelphia, 17-3
2003  L 2-1 at bye  Lost to Miami at home, 23-10
2004  L 4-1 at bye  Lost to Detroit at home, 28-13
2005  L 3-1 at bye  Lost to the Cowboys in Dallas, 16-13 in OT
2006  W 1-2 at bye  Beat the Redskins at home, 19-3
2007  L 6-2 at bye  Lost to the Cowboys at home, 31-20
2008  W 3-0 at bye  Beat the Seahawks at home, 44-6
2009  W 5-4 at bye  Beat the Falcons at home, 34-31 in OT
2010  W 5-2 at bye  Beat the Seahawks in Seattle, 41-7
2011  W 4-2 at bye  Beat the Dolphins at home, 20-17
2012  W 6-4 at bye  Beat the Packers at home, 38-10
This is the seventh time in eight seasons the Giants will play their post-bye game at home.

Coughlin is 11-6 in post-bye games, including 6-3 with the Giants.