NFC East scoring averages over the last 5 years

In doing research for a separate project, I happened to notice that the Giants are consistently in the Top 10 in scoring every year. I knew they put up a lot of points, but hadn’t realized that they haven’t had a single down year in the last half decade, in terms of their ability to put points on the board. And so, I thought I’d take a look around the rest of the NFC East to see how everyone else compared:

NFC East scoring

Notes:

• The contract situations of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are the big concerns this season for the Giants heading into the regular season. Will their unsettled contracts become a distraction? It’s certainly not out of the question to think they might. However, when you look at these Giants teams of the last five years, they’re very different in a number of ways. In 2008, for example, they were a very run-heavy offense, but they eventually transformed into a potent passing attack. They’ve also experienced a lot of turnover. Here are their 2008 starters compared to their 2012 starters. Only 3 players remained starters over that 5 year span:

Giants starters

The constant is Eli Manning. In my opinion, as long as Eli is in place and playing well, the Giants are going to put points on the board, which is something they’ve proven they can do consistently over the last half-decade. Granted, the players who are either clearly unhappy with their contracts (Cruz) or may be unhappy with their contracts (Nicks) are major contributors to the offense, but I think that is something they can weather. This is more gut feeling than anything, but I don’t see why  their contract situations will stop the Giants from putting points on the board, and that’s really the bottom line.

• I’m a little surprised at the Cowboys’ scoring numbers. Take away that 2010 season, and it’s a very average scoring offense. That’s kind of hard to believe when you consider the number of great skill position players they’ve had over the last 5 years. And then you remember, “Oh yeah, that offensive line…”

• It’s like the Eagles are Dan Aykroyd and the Redskins are Eddie Murphy in Trading Places.

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  19. Q: I thought your points about free agency spending in your last mailbag were well taken. Taking it a step further, if you review the Super Bowl winners’ previous offseasons going back over a decade, you will notice that not one of them had a blockbuster move that “propelled them over the top.” The most significant move I could find for a Super Bowl winner was the New England Patriots ‘ acquisition of Corey Dillon way back in the early 2000s. Thoughts?

  20. Points scored.
    Oilers
    1990 2nd
    1991 4th
    1992 6th
    1993 4th
    Jags
    1995 27th (1st season)
    Steelers
    1999 17th
    Bills
    2002 11th
    Giants
    2007 14th
    2008 3rd
    2009 8th
    2010 7th
    2011 9th
    2012 6th

    Eli or Gilbride? who’s to say.

    1. Nice research. His career has been good, no question.

    2. Joe D says:

      and Giants fans give him the hardest time

      1. NYG_Slater says:

        Overall he’s a good OC. I think every teams offensive playcaller gets flak occasionally. My sole issue with Gilbride is a lack of creativity in the running game. Gilbride, at heart, is a run ‘n shoot guy, so my issue may be more with coughlin’s style/orders for the run game. Either way, I’m pretty sure 95% of the playbook (running plays) have been the exact same since 2007.

        They worked great when we had 2007/2008 personnel. But the 2012 Giants aren’t that team anymore. In ’08 they put up 125+ yards on the ground against the #1 ranked ravens defense in the FIRST half alone. They could just out physical teams and win consistently playing smash mouth football.

        However, the giants haven’t been able to win that way recently. Yet every week it seems like they start the game trying to win the way the did in ’08. Take a closer look at the 2011 super bowl team. They went 9-7. 9 wins. 6 of the wins were 4th quarter comebacks. Overall, Eli had 7 game winning drives in the 4th quarter. Think about how absurd that is, 7 out of the 9 wins the giants won on the final drive by eli airing it out (15 4th quarter touchdowns). Whatever efforts they made to establish a running game was out the window because our opponents KNEW we had to air-mail it in the final drive (time preservation/efficiency).

        I think giant fans just want Gilbride to try to develop a running attack that suits the personnel. Instead of jamming a square peg into a round hole for another season and relying on eli and the WR’s to bail us out in the end. This is part of the reason the giants are so damn inconsistent. When shit works, they’re great. But if a game starts out poorly, fans just pray we can keep it close till the 4th quarter for eli.

        1. ct17 says:

          Proof that Giants fans have well-established thoughts on Gilbride.

          Only passing offense I have ever cheered for was the Houston run and shoot.

    3. pmacker says:

      I’d probably be a pretty good OC with either Warren Moon or Eli Manning as my QB.

  21. A Fine Messi says:

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    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now for some Bacon and Lettuce and Tomatoes sandwich.

  22. Mike says:

    Steve Smith wasn’t starting in 08. Plaxico was the starter and when Plaxico couldn’t start it was Hixon.

    1. True, although there’s some gray area there. Smith did start some games, and had more snaps than Burress or Hixon. So I’ m not disagreeing with you… just explaining why I used Smith.

  23. brisulph says:

    I knew the Giants had been scoring a lot (had to with those bad years on Defense), seeing as their worst record is 8-8 in recent years, but consistently that good is somewhat surprising.

    1. wilddre22 says:

      not really to me bri, for all the killing and sucking of teeth we do to Killdrive, he’s consistently kept us in the top 5-ish of offenses, he and eli i should say.

  24. Mandmeisterx says:

    I’d put Dallas up against any team until they hit the opponent’s 40. If there is such a stat as “punts on opponent’s side of midfield”, the Cowboys are dominating the league.

    1. Ha. I’m not sure what’s worse. Punts on the opponent’s side of the field (Cowboys), or red zone turnovers (Eagles).

      1. Thiergow says:

        Turnover in your own 20 (Redskins pre-RGIII).

        1. SteveH says:

          Interceptions returned for touchdowns (Kolb era).

          1. Qwest336 says:

            Kolb had an “era”?

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