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8 Facts to Know About the Giants’ 2018 Season

The New York Giants finished the 2018 season at 5-11, their fifth losing season in the past six years. The expectations were a little higher and perhaps they would’ve had better record with few breaks here and there. Here’s 10 facts you need to know about the 2018 season.

The Giants led the NFC East in both points scored (369) and points allowed (412).

The points allowed were the fifth-most in team history while the points scored ranked 13th all-time. It’s a major achievement considering they scored 20 points or less in six of their first eight games. In the second half of the season, the Giants’ offense turned around, scoring 27 or more points in six of their final eight.

The Giants finished 2-6 at home, 1-5 vs. NFC East opponents, and 0-3 in division home games. This is the first time they lost all of their home games within the NFC East since 2003.

2003 was the final year of Jim Fassel’s tenure as head coach. It illustrates how far the Giants are from competing. The key to the playoffs is to rule your division and common opponents. The Giants have not done that very often in this decade. Since winning Super Bowl XLVI in February of 2012, the Giants have had a winning record within the division just once – in 2016 when they went 4-2 vs the NFC East and 11-5 overall.

The Giants lost eight games by seven points or less, the most such games by any NFL team this season.

Win half of those games and they’re 8-8 or even 9-7 and could have been a playoff team as bad as they were. They were the first team in NFL history to lose each of their final two games by one point. They lost two other games on last-second field goals.

The Week 17 roster featured just 15 players who were on the team last year.

An amazing turnover. The starting lineup had just eight players held over from last season. QB Eli Manning, WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram on offense; DT Dalvin Tomlinson, ILB B.J. Goodson, OLB Olivier Vernon and CB Janoris Jenkins on defense.

QB Eli Manning passed for 4,299 yards this season, the fourth-highest total of his 15-year career and the seventh time he exceeded 4,000 yards.

So much for being washed-up. Eli passed for over 300 yards five times this year. The Giants lost all five games.

Manning completed a career-high 66 percent of his passes (380 of 576). His previous best was 63.1 percent in 2014.

He got an assist from his coaches and GM Dave Gettleman on this. Gettleman gave him rookie RB Saquon Barkley, who catches everything in sight. Plus, his other receivers all had increased catch ratios and TE Evan Engram dropped less passes. A lot less.

Barkley racked up 2,028 total yards from scrimmage, the third rookie in NFL history to accomplish that feat.

Barkley produced as advertised. He had 1,307 yards rushing and 721 yards receiving. The 2,028 total yards are the fourth most in Giants’ history. Tiki Barber has the top three seasons: 2,390 (2005), 2,127 (2006) and 2,096 (2004).

Barkley scored 15 total touchdowns as a rookie. 

He fell short of the team record of 21 set by Joe Morris in 1985. Gene Roberts had 17 in 1949. Only three other players scored 15 TDs in a season for the Blue – Morris (1986), Barber (2004) and Brandon Jacobs (2006).

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