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Does the Giants offense feel the need for speed?

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Chip

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 before taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Rob Carr

Now that we’ve seen how fast many of the NFL’s offenses will be operating this season, with the Broncos and Eagles setting the early pace and 12 teams getting at least 70 offensive snaps in their openers, the pressure will be on the Giants to try to keep up.

“I feel like we have a pretty good defense as well and they can do a good job of stopping the pass and stopping the run and creating turnovers and things of that nature,” Victor Cruz said. “But I think we’re going to need that offense in general just to stay near the top in the league and stay as high-octane as we can, as powerful as we can. We’re going to need those yards and we’re going to need a good balance of the running and passing in order for us to be successful this year.”

The Giants did rack up the third most yards in opening weekend, 478. And they did it in just 59 offensive snaps, which ranked 23rd. So snap-for-snap, the Giants can say they had the most impressive showing in Week 1. Imagine if they hadn't coughed the ball up six times!

Here’s a chart that shows the top five teams in yards per play, and as you can see, the Giants and Broncos (this week’s opponent) dominated:

Giants 8.1
Broncos 7.5
Falcons 6.7
Packers 6.6
49ers 6.6

The Eagles, for all the hyperventilating, averaged just 5.8 yards per play.

The Giants may have put up the yards, but they didn’t do it at quite the frantic-looking, air-gasping pace other teams did. That seems to be a league-wide trend. Will we see more hurry-up from the Giants?

“A little bit,” Cruz said. “It’s more we want to do it when we can create confusion and be in a position where the defense can be off kilter and we can capitalize on that. That’s definitely how we want to approach it. But especially as an offensive player and a receiver, we want to get as many plays in as possible and create as many opportunities as possible and see how we can alter the game in that way. It’s definitely an area we’re looking at and a lot of the teams around the league are looking at it as well.”

Cruz, by the way, was receiving the Daily Point of Light award this morning in Manhattan from Points of Light and JP Morgan Chase & Co.
 

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