The Giants were hurt more by their defense than their offense last season, but injuries really hampered their offensive upside. With only a short time until training camp opens, let’s take a look at what kind of offense New York will be putting on the field this season. The Giants are the NFL odds favorites to win the NFC East, and their offense is a big reason why.
There wasn’t a whole lot to be upset about on offense last year for the Giants. But things could have been a lot better. High expectations were set for this team in 2012, but the Giants got hurt towards the end of the season, and they lost five of their final eight games after starting the season 6-2 SU. Eli Manning didn’t have a great season either. Although the injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks are partially to blame, Manning only had 26 touchdowns, and failed to throw 4000 yards for the first time since 2008. The Giants gave up a ton of yards, finished 9-7 SU, and missed the playoffs by a game. There is no better way to describe it than “disappointing.”
I fully expect a big year from Manning and the WRs on this team. That is barely a thought in my mind. However, the running game is a bit of a concern again this season, especially now that Bradshaw is wearing a Colts jersey. David Wilson and Andre Brown will likely take over split running back duties. While both are extremely talented, (they both averaged over 5 yards per carry in 2012 with limited work behind Bradshaw) combined they have less than 150 carries in their short careers.
Looking back on it I gave Wilson a hard time about his fumble issues last season, but he only put in on the ground once, infamously in his first career carry. That was so blown out of proportion from the media, it seemed like he had more. So for that David Wilson, I am sorry. However, Wilson and Brown are still two young running backs, and they will have to prove to more important people than yours truly that they are capable of carrying the load left by Bradshaw.
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New York brought in Brandon Myers from Oakland after they lost Martellus Bennett to the Bears. That was a solid move and possibly even an upgrade in pass catching ability. Other than that and the signing of another former Raider, Louis Murphy, the Giants have been wisely spending their offseason on their defense. Depth on offense was their main concern, and it was taken care of very well. While I can’t automatically give them an ‘A,’ I can give them a notch lower with a note asking them to show me some of that potential in the preseason. The Giants have all the ability in the world to take NFL odds back this season, but they are going to need more than a ranking of 14th in total offense if they want to get back to the playoffs and back into my NFL picks.
My Grade: B-
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