The New York Giants have now won two straight games, but the term “smooth sailing” certainly does not apply. A struggling red zone offense has transformed dominating performances into staggeringly ugly wins.
If you ask the Giants, they’ll surely say that a win is a win and they’ll take it any way they can get it. However, against stronger teams, New York better clean it up, or those ugly wins will turn into even uglier losses.
In their most recent win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants recorded 325 yards of total offense, yet only managed 15 points. The offense was able to march the ball down the field drive after drive, only to see each and every one eventually stall. Josh Brown kicked five field goals, which was good enough to pull out a victory over a battered Philadelphia team.
The offensive catastrophe against the Eagles was not an isolated incident. According to an article written by ESPN New York‘s Dan Graziano, the Giants have scored a touchdown on just 47.4 percent of their red zone appearances, ranking them 25th in the NFL.
Why? Why do the Giants struggle so drastically once they are in a position to score?
The biggest reason seems to be a lack of an effective running game. Perhaps, the return of Andre Brown will allow the Giants to make noise on the ground. Brown can open up the offense for Eli Manning and force a defense to stack the box. If Brown is healthy, the Giants should show signs of improvement.
Either way, this is a problem the Giants will have to fix. Settling for field goals will doom a team that plays a tough schedule. New York was able to escape against Philadelphia, but next time, they won’t be so lucky. Bank on it.