5 Shocking Facts About the 2013 New York Giants
New York Giants: 5 Shocking Facts for 2013
Start spreading the news! The New York Giants 2013 season thus far has been nothing short of horrendous.
Giants bashing is very much the ‘it’ thing to do right now, and it is a bandwagon that is growing in numbers week after week for good reason. The G-Men have been historically competitive for the past few decades accumulating three World Championships since the turn of the 90s, something which their fans have always kept as their trump card when letting their less-successful rivals know all about it. Yet as the old adage goes, what goes around, comes around, and everybody else is now currently reveling in letting the Big Blue faithful know all about it.
It’s been a long time since the Giants were this bad. Many of their following will be too young to remember, and the others will have fondly erased it from their memory. Very few of the current roster were even born the last time they made such a calamitous start to an NFL season.
Yet another home loss to their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles has left the Giants without a ‘W’ to their name this season. A third interception on the night from quarterback Eli Manning was enough to send the once proud masses pouring from the stands of Met Life Stadium on Sunday, the majority of them with white flags poised for the waving.
Many of their comeuppances this season are well documented. These everyday facts that cannot be avoided even by the most fair-weather of fans: The fact that they are bottom of the NFC East for instance, or that they rank first in many unwanted categories such as turnovers and points allowed.
If you delve a little deeper there is plenty more manure ready to be dumped upon the 2013 Giants than first meets the eye. Here are five other facts that help to further the perspective of just how ill-fated this current team truly is.
5. Worse Than Jacksonville
Does it get any more humbling than being worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars? With all do respect of course, even the most ardent Jags fan will agree they are the resident whipping boys of the NFL. Not only do the New York Giants currently share the same 0-5 record on the season as the lowly Jaguars, but they have given up 19 more points in total this season (182) than the 31st ranked Jaguars. That, New York, is a sorry state of affairs.
4. Worst Start In Over Two Decades
The New York Giants haven't lost their opening five games of an NFL regular season since 1987.
The disastrous 1987 Giants season was a hangover from their first Super Bowl championship the year before, but at least they managed to take one of their opening five games to overtime 26 years ago. Bill Parcells' Giants went on to win six of their remaining games that season, something that Tom Coughlin's misfits will find near impossible on their current state of play.
3. Points Win Prizes
The 2013 New York Giants are only the third team in NFL history to allow over 30 points in each of its first five games of a regular season. The Kansas City Chiefs actually put up the fewest points (31) so far this season against the Giants; you may be 5-0 but that is simply not good enough!
2. Can't Stop The Rot
Opponents of the New York Giants this year have accumulated 182 points in total across their five outings. This stands as the highest points allowed total across the first five games of a season since the Super Bowl era began back in 1967.
1. Get Your Turnovers
Last and unfortunately for the Giants it is not least. Quarterback Eli Manning leads the league in interceptions so far with 12, having worryingly thrown more picks than he has touchdown passes. He is the prime contributor towards the fact that the team has turned the ball over to the opposition at least three times in each of their opening five games. They are only the second team in the history of the game to do this, both post and pre-Super Bowl era. The much-less decorated 1954 Chicago Cardinals share this unwanted statistic with Tom Coughlin and his boys.