In falling flat for an 0-6 start, the Giants did the opposite of their typical hot start and late fade. They were by far the worst team in the NFC during that stretch, allowing at least 31 points in each game. From then on out, however, they went 7-3, showing the team had more fight than it showed early on and that improvement is 2014 is possible. Eli Manning (18 TDs, 27 INTs) curiously had the worst season of his career, most like a fluke. It didn’t help him that he was throwing from behind in games more often than not and that his running game gave little relief in stopping the defense. The Giants couldn’t even muster a 500-yard rusher, and leaders Andre Brown and washed-up Peyton Hillis averaged just 3.5 and 3.4 yards per carry, respectively. Receiving numbers were pretty down across the board too. Victor Cruz (998 yards, 4 TDs) and TE Brandon Myers (47 rec, 522 yards, 4 TDs) saw the most notable regression from last year. Hakeem Nicks (896 yards) oddly went the entire season without a touchdown, frustrating fantasy owners. Something finally clicked in Week 7, and they started a streak of four straight wins allowing less than 21 points in each game. But despite the last season resurgence, a couple more losses prevented a last-minute playoff run.
The Giants did just win a Super Bowl in February 2012, but this is New York. Unsatisfied with four non-playoff seasons out of five, the Giants went shopping this offseason and came back with a big haul. They brought in OT Charles Brown to beef up a porous offensive line, RB Rashad Jennings, CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, DE Robert Ayers, and TE Kellen Davis. In the draft they snatched LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round, which is a bit odd considering their star power at receiver already, and took Boston College RB Andre Williams in the fourth round. The undersized Williams blazed his way through the record books in his 2013 senior season. In an age where running backs are undervalued in the NFL, Williams could be a big time steal and the next mainstay at Giants running back. Looking at the 2014 schedule, the Giants should know they can’t lose both games to the hated Dallas Cowboys again. They’ll start with the Hall of Fame game against in-state rival Buffalo in preseason, but a great game to watch will be Week 1 in Detroit on Monday Night Football. Their biggest non-divisional home games are against Indy and San Francisco. Get your New York Giants tickets today from Gold Coast Tickets!