Last season, the New York Giants were solid, going 10-6 and making the playoffs for the first time since 2011. With a great defense led by the newly signed Janoris Jenkins, Oliver Vernon, and Damon Harrison as well as returning players in Landon Collins, Jason Pierre Paul and Johnathan Hankins, they were able to dominate that side of the ball for most of the season.
The Giants were 10th in fewest total yards allowed, 3rd in fewest rushing yards per game allowed, and 2nd in fewest points allowed.
On the offensive end, things were different. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were back, yet the very ineffective offensive line and poor running game made it extremely difficult for them to match the defense’s productivity. They were eliminated in the Wildcard round by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, as Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard had their worst games of the season- at the worst time.
Fast forward to this season. The Giants decided to sign WR Brandon Marshall, something many (including me) believe is a boom or bust move. But when draft time came around, they decided not to take a running back or an offensive lineman, and instead took a “tight end” in Evan Engram.
Then, in round 3, they decided to add a 4th QB to the depth chart in Davis Webb, instead of a desperately needed running back. Yes, the offense has a plethora of weapons in Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, but how effective will they actually be?
With really no improvement in the offensive line, you can expect similar results from last season on the offensive side of the ball. Offensively, the Giants were ranked 17th in passing yards per game, 29th in rushing yards per game, 25th in total yards, and 26th in points scored. Pretty bottom of the barrel.
So, what can we expect this season?
Due to the difficult schedule, I see the Giants going 8-8 this season and missing the playoffs. When you look at the Cowboys and Redskins, they do not possess the same talent defensively, but they have few problems on the offensive line.
Paul Perkins is a solid running back, but he is not a difference maker who can propel the Giants to the post season. I know, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and probably Evan Engram are super talented wideouts. The only problem is, Eli Manning will have to rush a lot of throws due to the little protection he has on that line, which will lead to more interceptions and eventually more sacks too.
No, the offensive line is not glamorous or exciting. But if you want to win games in the NFL, you are going to need one. And unfortunately, the Giants have failed to fill their holes on the line from last season, and will likely fall short this season.
Will the Giants make the playoffs this season?
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