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23 Questions in 23 Days: Goals for offense

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Giants.com is counting down to the start of the team's 2023 training camp with 23 questions in 23 days.

Each day, a member of the crew will answer one question about the roster, coaching staff, schedule, and much more.

8) What is the biggest area the Giants need to improve on offense?

If there is one statistic on offense the Giants need to elevate in 2023, it's their volume of explosive plays. Last season, they had the fewest pass plays for 20 or more yards in the NFL with 28 and were tied for the sixth-fewest plays of 40+ yards through the air with five. They were middle of the pack in those categories on the ground, but if this offense is going to take the next step, it must rely more on game-changing plays. That will help offset the reliance on lengthy scoring drives, where it's more likely something negative happens, such as a turnover or penalty, because you're using more plays in hopes of putting points on the board.

In 2022, the Giants averaged 21.5 points per game, tied for 15th in the league and 12th among the 14 playoff teams. The best way to boost the scoring average is with more explosive plays. To put things in perspective, both the Eagles (28.1) and Cowboys (27.5) averaged nearly more than a touchdown per game. Forget the rest of the playoff field. Those two teams are right in the division, and you have to contend with that at least four times combined each season. The Giants scored 22 points or fewer in 12 of their 17 games last season, but they only won five of those contests. That's why the natural progression for the offense is to improve on explosive plays, which is directly tied to scoring. This will also alleviate the pressure put on the defensive side of the ball. It all goes hand in hand.

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