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What do the stats, snap counts say about the Giants’ win over Tampa?

Let’s see what we can glean from some of the numbers

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are officially on a winning streak after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 Sunday afternoon. And after the New Orleans Saints dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday evening, the Giants are suddenly in danger of being able to claw their way out of the basement of the NFC East.

Their odds of grinding out enough wins to claim the division crown and a spot in the playoffs are still exceedingly slim, but they might still have a chance at meaningful football. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the in-depth stats and snap counts and see what they can tell us about the Giant’s highest scoring game since 2015.



The most shocking stat line of the game came courtesy of Eli Manning, who completed 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) 231 yards (12.8 yards per attempt), and 2 touchdowns. This was probably the most efficient, if not objectively “best,” game of Eli Manning’s career.

Manning’s completion percentage was simply through the roof, and a full 27.4 points better than his expected completion percentage of 67 percent (per Next Gen Stats). His yards per attempt was similarly fantastic, but it was also set up by some great run-after-the catch by the Giants’ receivers. We can credit him for some of that as well, as yards after the catch are generally a result of scheme (creating opportunities through route combinations or exploiting weaknesses in coverage), ball placement from quarterbacks setting up receivers to take advantage of the scheme, and then the individual efforts of the receivers (route running and making defenders miss).

Generally speaking, Manning did a pretty good job of attacking all areas of the field and spreading the ball around. Manning targeted nine different receiving options, and every player targeted caught passes.

Even his lone incompletion appeared to be a catchable pass thrown away from the closing safety, but Saquon Barkley looked to lose track of the ball and turned the wrong way.

However, Manning still only had 7.6 intended air yards and his average throw was 1.6 yards behind the first down marker, suggesting that despite the yards per attempt, the Giants’ passing game remains conservative. That is disappointing, considering the Buccaneers field one of the worst secondaries in the NFL (and were missing a starter to boot).

The Giants (from the top down, not just Manning) have proven singularly unwilling to challenge weak secondaries, and it has held the offense back.

Offensive line

The Giants’ offensive line was something of a mixed bag.

Their run blocking certainly improved, particularly between the tackles thanks to some terrific blocking by Will Hernandez. Hernandez made key blocks to facilitate Saquon Barkley’s “dirty yards” up the middle.

The Giants’ pass protection was ... Weird.

Manning was able to hold the ball for a respectable average of 3.1 seconds before throwing (per Next Gen Stats). However, he was also sacked four times (bringing the season total up to 35) while also getting hit five more times on just 22 passing plays. So while the pass protection was very good when it was good, a pressure rate of 41 percent with a sack rate of 18 percent is scary-bad.

Skill positions

This game was the Saquon Barkley show. Barkley played 47 of the Giants’ 53 offensive plays (89 percent), running the ball 27 times for 142 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and a pair of touchdowns. This was easily the best day on the ground of Barkley’s young career. Encouragingly, he only had one negative run as the Giants’ offensive line generally kept the Buccaneers from meeting him in the backfield. And while he did find success running up the middle, his best runs were still off-target and the result of his individual effort.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard each played 46 snaps (87 percent). Beckham was targeted on just four passes, while Shepard was targeted twice. Beckham also added an 11 yard rush to his production, which started with a 41-yard reception.

Evan Engram was once again largely ignored by the offense until late in the fourth quarter, played just 17 snaps and was targeted twice. That puts him a snap behind Scott Simonson who had 18 snaps, and 23 snaps behind Rhett Ellison who had 40.

Engram made his mark, however, with a fantastic catch and run for 54 yards on a seam route. Engram has been the Giants’ secret weapon in the fourth quarter, getting them chunk yardage to put them in position to score at the end of games. In light of that, it is mystifying that Pat Shurmur doesn’t use him earlier in the game so the team doesn’t need late-game heroics.

It worked out for the Giants, but it is confusing that they could look at their offense through the first 10 games and the Buccaneers’ defense (featuring a talented defensive line and horrific secondary) and decide that leaning on the run game was their best option for winning.


Front seven

Once again, linebacker Alec Ogletree lead the way by playing all of the Giants’ 71 defensive snaps. That was a full 17 more than Olivier Vernon who played the next most snaps at 53. Vernon didn’t have a great game, failing to record a tackle or QB hit, but extended a Buccaneers’ drive with three consecutive penalties.

Interestingly, B.J. Hill was third among the front seven players with 50 snaps, while Lorenzo Carter checked in at 42 snaps at defensive end and linebacker. Dalvin Tomlinson was close behind with 40 snaps.

Fellow EDGE Kareem Martin played 27 snaps (38 percent), but was the Giants’ most productive defender, with seven total tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack, and a quarterback hit. Defensive linemen Josh Mauro and Mario Edwards Jr. were close behind with 26 snaps.

Wrapping things up, B.J. Goodson had 21 snaps, Connor Barwin had 17 snaps, and Kerry Wynn had 14 snaps.

The Giants were able to get pressure on the Buccaneers’ quarterbacks and constrict their pocket.


Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and B.W. Webb played every one of the defense’s 71 snaps, while free safety Curtis Riley played 70 and strong safety Landon Collins had 65, but lead the Giants with 11 tackles.

Among the Giants’ backups, slot CB Grant Haley had 48 snaps (68 percent), strong safety Michael Thomas had 23 snaps, and FS Sean Chandler had 10 snaps. Thomas had a good game in his limited action, finishing with a tackle, two passes defensed, and an interception.

All told, the Giants’ coverage was tight, with only Mike Evans averaging more than league-average separation.

The Giants managed to come up with four interceptions, though they also could have had another, only for two tip-drills on the same drive to bounce off a half-dozen hands to fall harmlessly incomplete. They also came up with eight passes defensed on a combined 37 passing attempts (21 percent), which is solid work as well.

Unfortunately, despite the plays made by the secondary, they also let Ryan Fitzpatrick complete 61.9 percent of his passes and Jameis Winston complete 75 percent.

The Giants will need to tighten up their coverage before facing the Philadelphia Eagles next week.