In last week’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants scored two touchdowns and made five field goals. One of the touchdowns scored was from DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Giants had numerous opportunities to get offensive touchdowns, yet they only came away with one.
This hasn’t only been a problem in this past week’s game. In the first game of the season against the Cowboys, the Giants received a gift when QB Tony Romo threw an interception to LB Michael Boley, who returned the interception inside the five-yard line. The Giants failed to get a touchdown on the ensuing possession, with two failed runs and an incomplete pass on third down.
Against the Philadelphia Eagles, QB Eli Manning threw an interception in the third quarter in the red zone and the Giants ended up losing the game by two points. The Giants are probably sitting at 8-0 right now if they were able to get touchdowns instead of field goals in both games.
Tom Coughlin has stated that he will have the offense work on their red zone issues. The Giants know too well about their second half failures. If there was a time to fix a problem, it is now. The Giants have created a little separation between themselves and the other NFC East teams so a strong second half will lock up the division for them early.
The Giants red zone issues hasn’t affected their ability to win the majority of their games so far, but all it takes is one game in the playoffs to have those issues. If those issues aren’t corrected by then, the Giants will not be defending their crown.