Running the Numbers: New York Giants’ Tendencies
At DallasCowboys.com, I broke down some of the Giants’ offensive tendencies in 2012.
- The Giants have run 213 plays on first down thus far in 2012, of which 109 (51.2 percent) were designed passes. Like most NFL offenses, the Giants could benefit from increasing their first down pass rate, especially since they own the league’s most efficient pass offense. The Giants have averaged 8.12 YPA on first down passes, compared to 4.00 YPC on first down rushes.
Cowboys Comparison: The ’Boys have run 174 plays on first down, passing on 48.9 percent of them. They’ve totaled 7.36 YPA on first down passes and 3.09 YPA on first down runs.
- New York has allowed a sack on just two first down passes, 1.7 percent, likely because defensive players are taught to maintain gap responsibility prior to rushing the passer on most first down plays.
Cowboys Comparison: With all of the questions surrounding the Cowboys’ offensive line, it might surprise you to know that Tony Romo has yet to be sacked on first down all season.
Check out the entire article at the team site.