Beyond the Stats: Giants at Packers

The Giants Beat takes a look at three statistical trends that have characterized Big Blue's 2016 campaign and determines whether the pattern will shift in Week 5 at Lambeau Field.

With the New York Giants taking on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday night, here are three key stats to focus on in the matchup:

QB Eli Manning Averaged 2.37 seconds per throw Monday Night

            Manning hasn’t been his normal self in the pocket so far this season. He seems to get jittery when pressure begins to close in on him which results in a quick dump off. Now, this stat isn’t a bad one considering Manning average 2.38 seconds per throw all of last season where he threw for over 4,000 yards and 35 TDs. However, he was passing to his outside receivers more than tight ends and running backs. Expect Manning to continue throwing the pigskin at the same rate, but look more poised in the pocket feeding his stud wide receivers this week.

Giants Have No Interceptions in 2016

            Giants defense has not been able to hall in a turnover in the air. With QB Aaron Rodgers under center for the Packers Sunday, expect this stat to stay the way it is. Rodgers threw just one pick this year to the Giants last opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. He is meticulous with the ball, and with his cannon for an arm, he can hit his receivers in tight spaces.

No End Zone for OBJ in 2016

            This is likely the most bizarre stat of them all. The giants star wideout, Odell Beckham Jr. , has yet to show off his signature dance moves in the end zone this season. Rookie receiver Sterling Shepard leads the corps with two TDs while Victor Cruz has one as well. Interestingly enough, Beckham Jr. leads the team in targets, receptions and total yards receiving. For this reason, OBJ should find himself in the back of the end zone this week. The Packers secondary is very shaky, and now with CB Sam Shields out with a concussion, Manning should be looking to utilize his best option on the field in Beckham Jr.

 

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