The 2014 New York Giants were a talented but under-performing squad that won and lost in bunches. By the end of it, they were 6-10, good for third in the NFC East; a division they went 2-4, sweeping Washington and being swept by Dallas and Philly.
This season’s double digit losses were the team’s first since 2004, Tom Coughlin’s debut season, and because of it, they own the 9th pick in the first round of the 2015 Draft. With that said, here’s all the good, the bad, and the weird (statistically) associated with your 2014 New York Giants.
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were the primary catalysts behind the Giants finishing 10th overall finish in total offense with an average of 367.2 yds/gm. This figure represented a 59.7 yds/gm year-on-year increase thus justifying Ben McAdoo’s offense and whetting appetites for the sequel.
Manning completed 379 of 601 passes for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as he became one of five quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the last six seasons; the others are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers. Those 30 scores are the 2nd highest of his career while the 14 INTs are 13 less than he threw the year before. Consequently, Manning had the 5th highest passer rating while on route to setting franchise records in passing first downs, completed passes, and completion percentage.
OBJ, on the other hand, had “the greatest season by a rookie wide receiver in NFL history, despite playing in only 12 games.” His season totals were 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records as he became the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season’s first three games (the first four were missed due to a hamstring injury). The catching extraordinaire also set NFL records for most catch and yards in the first 12 games to start a career and was the team’s only representative in the Pro Bowl.
Defense wins championships, champions win games hence defense wins games. This is certainly true for the 2014 Giants who ranked 29th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 375.8 yards a game. This, after finishing eighth in 2013 with 332.3 yards per game. The D allowed 6,012 net yards but did finish the season with 47 sacks, their highest total since they had 48 in 2011.
Manning started all 16 games for the 10th season in a row and increased his starting streak to 167 consecutive games (plus 11 postseason games), all under Tom Coughlin. This is the 3rd longest streak by a QB trailing only Brett Favre and big bro, Peyton and also the 3rd highest regular season total by a head coach/quarterback duo in NFL history. The top two are (new champions (again)) Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and Miami’s Don Shula and Dan Marino. As a result, the Giants Duo also own the longest consecutive games streak by a coach/quarterback tandem in league history.
This year also saw backup QB Ryan Nassib get his first playing time of his career against Washington on September 25th while the team’s kicker, Josh Brown, recorded his first career forced fumble when he separated San Francisco’s Bubba Ventrone from the ball on Nov. 16.