PFF numbers at mid-way point for Giants

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Based purely on PFF numbers, Justin Tuck would have to be considered the Giants' best player over their first eight games.

As the New York Giants head into the second half of the season I thought it might be instructive to take a look at both the team individual numbers from Pro Football Focus over the first eight games. Do the numbers match what you believe you see when you watch the games?

Let's take a look and find out.

Offense

As a whole, the Giants' offense has received a grade of -55.3, 27th overall among the 32 NFL teams. The run-blocking is -30.8, which tells you everything you need to know about the lack of a running game.

Best

There are only three players on offense with grades in the plus column.

Victor Cruz +5.9
John Conner +2.5
Rueben Radle +0.7

Worst

There are 14 Giants' offensive players with negative grades. Here are the lowest grades.

David Diehl -14.3
Brandon Myers -6.9
Larry Donnell -6.5
Chris Snee -6.4

Eli Manning's numbers are not up to his usual standards, we know that. It doesn't help when two of your primary receivers are in the bottom 20 in the league in drop rate, which Pro Football Focus determines as catchable balls that are dropped. Randle has dropped five passes in 28 catchable targets, a drop rate of 17.82 percent. Only seven receivers are worse. Hakeem Nicks is 11th from the bottom with six drops in 40 targets, a drop rate of 15 percent.

Defense

The Giants are +15.8 defensively, 13th in the league. The Giants are +30.4 vs. the run, third in that category. The Giants' -11.4 pass rush grade is 24th.

Best

The Giants have 14 defenders with grades in the plus column.

Justin Tuck +9.6
Mike Patterson + 9.1
Linval Joseph +7.2
Will Hill +6.0
Cullen Jenkins +4.6
Prince Amukamara +3.3

Four of the top five grades are defensive linemen, which tells you a lot about why the run defense has been so solid. Only three players in the league have a higher stop percentage vs. the run that Tuck's 10.2 percent. Pierre-Paul is 12th in that category at 8.2 percent.

Worst

The Giants have 12 defenders with negative overall grades.

Mathias Kiwanuka -13.4
Mark Herzlich -7.5
Corey Webster -2.8
Jon Beason -2.8
Terrell Thomas -2.0

Beason's grade is impacted by a -5.2 in pass coverage -- a deficiency that was likely expected when the Giants acquired him. Kiwanuka is 8.2 and Jason Pierre-Paul -6.1 in rushing the passer.

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