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Giants-Eagles by the numbers: Giants’ offense still has a negative-play problem

Giants are going backwards more than once every six plays

New York Giants v Carolina Panthers Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The New York Giants crossed the 30-point threshold last week vs. the Carolina Panthers for the first time in 38 games, including their 2016 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. That was a good step, but if the Giants are going to play consistently good offense they are going to have to find a way to limit the incredibly high number of negative plays they have been enduring.

Against the Carolina Panthers the Giants had six negative runs in 15 attempts, four offensive penalties and a sack. That’s 11 negative plays in 60 potential snaps.

For the season, the Giants now have 60 negative plays in 339 potential snaps — 17.6 percent.

Here’s the breakdown:

Sacks — 16
Negative runs — 20
Negative passes — 4
Offensive penalties — 20

The Giants, in fact, have league’s highest percentage of negative running plays.

It’s hard to generate consistent offense, and score enough points, when one of every 5.7 plays goes backwards.

Cool charts that tell a story

The first two are from SB Nation’s Bill Connelly. The last one by BBV’s Joe DeLeone.

Other numbers that matter

345Eli Manning (345) needs 5 touchdown passes to become the seventh player to reach 350 in NFL history. In Week 4, Manning surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for 7th most touchdown passes all-time.

114Odell Beckham Jr. (4,886) needs 114 receiving yards to reach 5,000 receiving yards in his career.

23 — Beckham (22) needs one 100-yard receiving game to pass Amani Toomer (22) for most 100-yard receiving games in franchise history.

6 — With 100 scrimmage yards in Week 6, Saquon Barkley (5) would join Kareem Hunt (7) as the only players in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in the first six games of their careers.

4-4 — The Giants’ won-loss record on Thursday Night Football.

51 — The number of passing touchdowns Manning has against the Eagles, more than against any other team.

120.6 — Manning’s league-best passer rating on third down this season.

71.7 — Manning’s 2018 completion percentage, third in the league behind Drew Brees (75.8) and Jared Goff (73.2).

68 — The jersey number new Giants’ offensive tackle Brian Mihalik will wear.

5.2 — The number of penalties per game averaged by the Giants, tying them with the Tennessee Titans for fewest in the league.