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Giants GM Jerry Reese: Offense rules the NFL

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese speaks

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese speaks to the media during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Credit: Brad Penner

Defense wins championships? Maybe not anymore it doesn't.

At least that's what Giants general manager Jerry Reese thinks, and it's why he's built this team's roster with so many weapons around Eli Manning.

"I expect our offense to score points," he said on Sunday. "If you don't score 28 points in this league, it's hard to win. Those 14-10 games, there are not a lot of those games left around the National Football League in light of how the rules favor the offense mostly, how the rules are made now. So you have to score points. You have to take advantage of that, of the rules."

The Giants have scored 28 or more points in 14 of their 48 games over the last three seasons. They are 12-2 when they do (an .857 winning percentage). They are 10-24 (.294) when they don't.

Reese's benchmark comes days after Eli Manning said he thinks the team can score 27-30 points per game, which would be the highest average of his career. Reese said having Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz together on the field will make a big difference compared to last year.

"If you have Odell for 16 games and you have Victor Cruz for the entire season, you would think you could probably squeeze out a few more wins if you have those explosive-type players," Reese said.

As for Manning and his potential this season, Reese simply said: "They sky is the limit."

So has football has become a one-sided affair, at least when it comes to building a team?

"I still think you need to have a solid defense," Reese said. "But in my opinion, the rules favor the offense mostly and you have to score points because if you don't score points, if you're playing from behind all the time, it's hard to win football games. You've got to get out and score points. We hope our offense can do that."


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