2021 Team Analysis and Schedule
The New York Giants made a concerted effort in the offseason to strengthen their roster and it remains to be seen if the moves will lift the team to a playoff berth. Most of the changes were on the offensive side of the ball to surround third-year quarterback Daniel Jones with more weapons. They were not just to improve the team’s fortunes but also to more adequately evaluate Jones’ future as a franchise quarterback.
Although the NFC East teams have improved through free agency and the draft, the teams still face an uphill battle, especially because they face teams from the AFC West and the NFC South, which includes the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants finished tied for second in the division with a record of 6-10 in 2020, just behind the Washington Football Team, which won the NFC East title with an embarrassing mark of 7-9.
New York Giants 2021 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 12||Denver|
|Week 2||Sept. 16||@Washington|
|Week 3||Sept. 26||Atlanta|
|Week 4||Oct. 3||@New Orleans|
|Week 5||Oct. 10||@Dallas|
|Week 6||Oct. 17||Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 24||Carolina|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||@Kansas City|
|Week 9||Nov. 7||Las Vegas|
|Week 10||Nov. 14||Bye|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||@Tampa Bay|
|Week 12||Nov. 28||Philadelphia|
|Week 13||Dec. 5||@Miami|
|Week 14||Dec. 12||@Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 15||Dec. 19||Dallas|
|Week 16||Dec. 26||@Philadelphia|
|Week 17||Jan. 2||@Chicago|
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New York Giants 2020 Summary
In a league where scoring has become commonplace, the Giants lost their first four games of the 2020 season and put up just 47 total points in the process. Later in the season, after four consecutive victories had them at the top of the division with a 5-7 record, their offense again failed them as they lost their next three contests while scoring a combined 26 points.
A win in any of those games in Weeks 14 through 16 would have secured the division title because they held the tiebreaker by virtue of a pair of wins over Washington. The Giants ranked a respectable 12th in the league in total defense, but the offense was next to last in the NFL in yards and points scored, making it almost impossible for them to compete for a playoff position.
New York Giants Key Players
The talented multiple-threat running back played in just two games in 2020 before a season-ending knee injury for which he underwent surgery in October. The fourth-year player’s subsequent return to full strength is still in question and his status will play a big part in the success of the offense.
Since winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, Barkley has played in just 15 games but the Giants picked up his option for a fifth year for 2022. With him in the offensive backfield and healthy, the Giants have a good chance to make a run at the NFC East crown in a division without a standout team.
In 14 starts in 2020, second-year quarterback Jones completed a respectable, but unspectacular 62.5 percent of his passes. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was a dismal 11 to 10, especially in a league where the rules are designed to create much better stats than those.
Jones will need to show some improvement in 2021, especially with the effort the team has made to surround him with better talent at the skill positions. The organization is solidly behind Jones, but another disappointing season may force them to look at other options at the position.
The fifth-year wide receiver was landed by the Giants via free agency from the Detroit Lions and the 6-foot-4,, 214-pound former third-round draft pick is expected to provide Jones with a big, reliable target. After a 2019 season in which he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, Golladay only played in five games last year due to a hip flexor injury.
The Giants are certain the former Northern Illinois product is at full strength and will add a different dimension to their attack. Golladay is the type of tall, rangy receiver that the Giants haven’t had on their roster since the departure of Plaxico Burress and should give the fans in New York some optimism about the upcoming season.
New York Giants New Additions
The Giants made a lot of big moves in the offseason and gained much more than they lost in terms of talent, picking up a number of projected starters. In addition to Golladay, who will start at wide receiver, they also signed fifth-year linebacker Reggie Ragland, who also played for the Lions in 2020.
Azeez Ojulari, a second-round draft pick out of Georgia is penciled in as a starter at linebacker. Two free agents who are slated as key backups are quarterback Mike Glennon and running back Devantae Booker, who will provide depth behind Jones and Barkley.
New York Giants Subtractions
Nose tackle David Tomlinson, who started all 16 games and recorded 3.5 sacks for the Giants in 2020, was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings. They also lost outside linebacker Kyle Fackrell and his four sacks to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Last year’s leading rusher, Wayne Gallman, went to the San Francisco 49ers and Cam Fleming, who started all 16 games at right tackle, departed for the Denver Broncos.
It appears that every team in what was easily the worst division in the NFL last season made moves during the offseason to get better. However, with only Washington coming close to a winning record in 2020, they all still have to make significant improvements to challenge for a conference championship.
The Dallas Cowboys, according to NFL odds are favored with +125 odds to win the NFC East. Defending division champion Washington, which lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs to Tampa Bay, is at +250 followed by the Giants (+400) and the Eagles (+500).
In the futures odds to win the Super Bowl, the Cowboys are at +2500 followed by Washington at +5000, Philadelphia +6600 and the Giants at +6600. More information is available at NFL Teams. The Cowboys are at 9.5 in the over/under for wins, Washington is at 8.5, the Giants are listed at 7.0 and the Eagles are at 6.5.
New York Giants Offense
With a healthy Barkley, a more experienced Jones and the newly acquired Golladay, the Giants should be much improved on the offensive side of the ball. They will have to get better at protecting Jones after giving up 50 sacks last season, but a better running game and some open receivers could help to solve that problem.
Even if Barkley can’t fully contribute, Booker at running back is probably an upgrade over Gallman and the addition of first-round draft pick Kadarius Toney will also add depth to the receiving corps.
New York Giants Defense
The defense was good enough a year ago to keep the Giants competitive in the division and the addition of Ragland and Ojulari at linebacker should make them even better. An improved offense that allows the defense more time on the sidelines would also be a big benefit for the unit that recorded 40 sacks but only had 11 interceptions in 2020.
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