5 Takeaways From The Giants Win Against The Saints
The Giants defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday 16-13 and are 2-0 for the first time since 2009. Albeit it was not a pretty win, but it was a win none the less and all 32 teams would like to be 2-0 after week 2.
Here are five takeaways from the game.
1. Giants are finding ways to win close games
Yes, the offense failed to score a touchdown and turned the ball over three times, but the Giants still found a way to win a close game. In recent years, the Giants would have found a way to lose a game like this. There’s a saying good teams find a way to win, bad teams find a way to lose. Last year the Giants were 1-6 in games decided by four points or less. This year, they’re finding a way to win close games.
Another positive outlook is that the Giants have now won two games in which they lost the turnover battle. Victories will come easier when the Giants aren’t losing the turnover battle.
2. Giants defense is one of the best in the NFL
Last week the Giants shutdown the Cowboys running game, and this week they held the Saints high powered offense to 13 points. After two weeks, it’s safe to say, the 200 million dollars the Giants spent on the defense this offseason was well worth it. The Giants ability to shut down two totally different offenses shows that the defense is for real.
3. Giants may have the best trio of receivers in the NFL
For the past two seasons if Odell Beckham Jr. did not have a big game, the Giants had no chance of winning. The fact that the Giants could win two games in which Odell failed to score or have 90 receiving yards shows this offense is more than just Manning to Beckham. Against the Saints, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz had more receiving yards than Beckham, and made bigger plays.
Shepard has lived up to the hype, and Cruz is playing close to the way he did before his injuries. It’s not farfetched to think that the Giants could have two or three 1,000 yard receivers this season.
4. Right side of the offensive line is still an issue
The biggest concern coming into this season was the right side of the Giants offensive line. The Giants running game suffered greatly on Sunday as the Giants averaged just two yards per carry, and did not have a run longer than nine yards. Marshall Newhouse and John Jerry continue to struggle, and there’s no reason to believe they’ll improve. Newhouse left the game and was replaced by Bobby Hart who would fair no better. Perhaps it’s time the Giants consider playing Will Beatty at right tackle.
5. Giants’ offense isn’t close to peaking yet
Fans might be concerned that the Giants offense has only produced 29 points in two games. But the Giants offense had similar issues last season when the offense managed just three touchdowns in the first two games. The Giants would finish the season fourth in scoring in the NFC. However, the offense has shown flashes of how good it can be from time to time
The Giants offense has better playmakers than last year. So it’s only a matter of time before they figure out their offensive woes, and start clicking on all cylinders. So fans should not be concerned just yet.
Jason Leach is an analyst for Pro Football Spot for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach