The New York Giants' PR department has released some final stats for the 2012 season. There are a lot of interesting tidbits of information, so let's go through some of the numbers.
-- The offense gained 5,687 yards, a 474-yard decline from the team-record 6,161 yards the 2011 offense produced (which was the second consecutive 6,000-yard season, the only two in franchise history). The Giants dipped from eighth in total offense (385.1 yards a game) to 14th (355.4).
-- While the yardage went down, the points went up. In 2012, the Giants scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history (the 1963 Giants scored 448 points).
Valentine's View: Perhaps I should have included the overall yardage in the earlier post about offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Offensively, though, the bottom line is points -- and the Giants scored a lot of 'em.
-- The Giants kicked 33 field goals in 2012 compared to 19 the previous season.
Valentine's View: This speaks to the red zone issues.
-- The defense allowed 6,134 yards, or 383.4 yards a game, both the highest figures in franchise history (the defense gave up 6,022 yards in the 2011 championship season, the only two seasons in which the Giants allowed 6,000 yards in their history). The unit was ranked 31st in the NFL. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time the Giants' defense was ranked second-to-last in the NFL since 1966.
Valentine's View: We will get around to discussing Perry Fewell and the entire defense even more than we already have over the next few weeks. These numbers, however, are obviously not good. One thing I will say about the total yardage is that, as we know, there is an offensive boom in the NFL and yardage numbers are going up pretty much every season.
-- The Giants allowed 60 passes of 20 or more yards (the NFL's fourth-highest total), 29 passes of at least 30 yards (led the NFL) and 13 passes of 40 or more yards (second in the league).
-- In 2011, the Giants surrendered 34 touchdowns on 61 opposing trips inside their 20-yard line, a 55.7 touchdown percentage that left them tied with their Super Bowl opponents, New England, for 21st in the league. This season, the Giants allowed only 23 touchdowns on 50 opposing possessions in the red zone, a 46.0 percentage that was sixth in the NFL.
-- The Giants were fourth in the NFL in both takeaways (35, four more than they had in 2011) and turnover differential (plus-14, a significant improvement over 2011's plus-7). The plus-14 was the Giants' best turnover differential since they were plus-25 in 1997. The Giants intercepted 21 passes in 2012, their highest total since they had 27 picks, also in 1997.
-- The Giants punted 58 times in 2012, their lowest total ever in a 16-game season. heir previous low total in a 16-game season was 64 punts in 1991, 2008 and 2009.
-- David Wilson's 1,925 all-purpose yards were the most ever by a Giants rookie and the most for any Giant since Tiki Barber had 2,127 in 2006. It was not, however, the highest total by an NFL rookie this season. That honor went to Tampa Bay's Doug Martin - who was selected immediately prior to Wilson in the 2012 NFL Draft - who had ... 1,926 total yards.
Valentine's View: I know it drives many of you crazy that he didn't get more of those yards as a running back. Don't worry. His time is coming.
-- Ahmad Bradshaw (four times), Andre Brown and Wilson (once each) rushed for at least 100 yards in a game in 2012. The Giants were the only NFL team with three different players with a 100-yard rushing game this season.