Take a glance at the Pro Football Focus numbers for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins after Week 1 and you would never know that Washington won Sunday's game, 28-14. Combining the overall offensive, defensive and special teams scores for both teams, PFF gives the Giants a +8.8, and the Redskins only a +0.8.
Weird. That's the only way to describe that outcome. Anyway, let's look at the numbers for the Giants in more detail. Remember, these are not gospel. They are just meant to create some discussion and to help you see if PFF's analysts agree with what you think you saw. Let's save the arguments about the validity of the scores, or the methodology, for another day.
So, here goes.
The Giants, per PFF, were +9.6 on offense, +4.3 on defense despite being -7.9 vs. the pass and were -5.1 on special teams.
Right tackle Kareem McKenzie scored a +4.0, quarterback Eli Manning was +3.1, Jake Ballard was +3.1 and Bear Pascoe was +3.0. The worst score went to Victor Cruz, who score -1.3 while playing only 10 snaps. That's a heavy penalty for one dropped pass.
Kenny Phillips was +4.5 and was named to the Week 1 All-PFF Team, which was previously mentioned in a Fanpost. KP was the only member of the secondary to earn positive reviews. Linval Joseph earned a +2.5, Jason Pierre-Paul was +1.7 and Mathias Kiwanuka +1.2.
On the negative side, Corey Webster was -2.4 , while Aaron Ross was -1.4 and Rex Grossman had an insane quarterback rating of 158.3 throwing in his direction. Antrel Rolle was -1.0. Michael Boley graded at a surprising -1.6.
Your thoughts, gang? Remember, I am not saying these ratings are perfect. Just worthy of discussion.