I need to rant. Since 2005, the giants have finished in the upper half of points scored EVERY single season except 2013, 2016 and 2017. From 05-12 the giants virtually hovered at 400 or above save for 2006-2007 and not one average or below season in that run. 2013 rock bottom, then back to above average in 2014 and even better 2015 with 420 pts. This is the giants weíre talking about here. I donít care how many pts are being scored in this era, the giants still put forth their best offensive stretch in fifty plus seasons if not longer. The giants will likely finish upper half next season. They could be even better than just upper half matter of fact Iíd probably bet on them being top 8 or so. But the d.....
How many times during this best ever stretch of nyg offensive football did the defense hold up its end of the bargain for a full season? Not this season. Not last. 2016? Yes. And then we have to go back to 2011 and letís be honest that team gave up a ton of points during the season only to summon one last postseason run to glory. They had a good pass rush but were pretty bad most of that regular season.
Since and including 2005, the defense has finished in the upper good half for points allowed a whopping 3 times. Letís be generous and fair and say itís 5 times if you count 2007 and 2011 but for the record both those teams did not finish upper half pts allowed. Every other season the D has been below average or terrible. And usually itís been terrible. This has to be a historically bad run of nyg defense. Has to be. Even in the 70s the D was competitive if not very good.
Itís all about the defense. For all the hyper Eli analytics and the OL sky is falling hysterics and game plan dissection, the defense doesnít get nearly enough press or discussion. Nick Foles, Eli Manning , Kyle Lauletta or Mike Cherry could lead a resurgent great offensive attack in 2019 but Gettleman and Bettcher needs to break this horrible defensive stretch or itís going to be the same old shit. Enough already. Itís sickening to see Dallas and Philly still playing and itís not the overstated and over analyzed Nick Foles and Prescott thatís leading anything, itís the defense.