The big number for Big Blue sticks out like a sore thumb – that unchanging “zero” in the Giants’ win column. And while the winless Giants are obviously off, even to the naked eye, a deep dive through the stats confirms the prevailing notion: this is the worst team in the Eli Manning era.
That statement is no exaggeration. We examined the numbers during the Giants’ first five games of every season from 2005 on (Manning didn’t begin the 2004 season as the team’s starter). The results were stark.
Manning’s 53.6 percent completion percentage in 2013 is the second lowest ever, falling just ahead of 2005 (52.6). That number never dropped below 58.5 percent in any other season and didn’t fall below 63.7 percent from 2008-2012.
Manning has thrown a career-low eight touchdowns, tied with 2010. His 12 interceptions is a career-high by a lot, easily besting 2010’s eight INTs through the first five games. Manning already has three games of three or more interceptions this season. He’s only done that once before, in 2010 when he had four such games. From 2004-2006 he had three total games of three or more interceptions. The same goes for 2006-2008 and 2011-2012. And we’re only five games into the season.
Manning has attempted 203 passes – his highest total through his first five games. Yet the Giants have only managed 91 first downs, their fewest since 2005 (87).
But despite Manning’s awful stats, he’s not getting any help.
The Giants’ 284 rushing yards through five games this season is their worst total of the Manning era. They’re previous low was 419 total yards in 2011. Next lowest is 2005’s 534 yards.
The defense hasn’t fared any better. The Giants have allowed 121 first downs to the opposition. That’s more than the 120 they allowed in 2005, the previous record-holder during the Manning era. From 2006-2011, the Giants’ defense permitted the opposition triple-digit first downs just once during the first five games, 108 in 2011.
The Giants have scored just 82 points this season. They’re previous low with Eli at the helm was 106 in 2010. They’ve allowed 182 points to opponents, far exceeding their previous worst of 124 in 2007. This season is just the second time the Giants have been outscored overall by their opponents through the first five games. The first was in 2007 when they scored 123 and allowed 124. This season the Giants have been outscored by 100 points.
By nearly any number you use, the Giants have reached the low point of Eli’s era in blue.