The Giants enter their bye week at 4-3 and just as easily could be 5-2. Then again, they easily could be 2-5. Their four wins came by margins of one, three, four and seven points. Two of their three losses came by two and seven points.
Bing Blue has won two straight and can continue their winning ways if they just improve slightly in some key areas. Here are some numbers that they need to reverse in the final nine games.
-7 … A negative number, which is their turnover ratio so far in 2016. They had four INTs against the sloppy Rams, giving them six on the season but they have only fumble recoveries to go with that. This is not a category they can control, however. Head coach Ben McAdoo says turnovers sometimes come in bunches. Let's see if that is true going forward.
70/30 … The Giants' run/pass ratio over the past three games. No team can seriously compete with such an unbalanced offense - especially when the passing game is a horizontal one. The Giants are averaging 70.3 yards per game on the ground. They are only rushing the ball 21 times per game and are gaining just 3.3 yards per carry. The lack of a running game takes away the play-action pass and those third down draw plays fool no one in this day and age.
25:57 … Yes, that is the Giants' average time of possession each game, which ranks last in the league. Their inability to sustain the running game and drive the ball methodically down the field has fed heavily into this number. It means the defense is on the field for 35 minutes a game, and although they've been up to the task most of the time, it will eventually wear them out later in the season.
19 … The average points per game scored by the Giants this season. They only have 12 offensive touchdowns in their first seven games - four rushing, eight in the air. What happened to this great passing attack they were supposed to have this season?
30 … The total number of third down conversions thus far. New York has converted on just 34 percent (30 of 86) of their third down opportunities. Not the worst in the league, but certainly needs to improve.
9 … How many times the Giants have sacked the quarterback. Safety Landon Collins leads the team with two. In the offseason, the Giants spent a fortune on DE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison and DE Jason Pierre-Paul. So far, they have only been rewarded with 3.5 sacks to show for it. C'mon, guys.
These are just a few of the areas the Giants could use improvements in. Not to be all negative (that must be the Parcells in my DNA speaking) they do a lot of things well, however. As long as they keep finding ways to win, fans will let them off the hook, but they won't have to if they can rectify some of these shortcomings.