The New York Giants are a week away from their regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants won six straight games in middle of last season and finished with an 11-5 record. The Giants fell a couple a games short of the Dallas Cowboys in the standings and were forced to play at the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round of the playoffs. For the second time in the season, the Packers came out on top, ending the Giants’ season.
Here are three predictions for the Giants this season.
#3. The Giants will have the fewest rushing attempts of any team
The Giants had a bad offensive line and running backs last season. They did not do much to improve either. Instead, they added another big outside wide receiver.
The Giants ran the ball 398 times last season, which was tied for 22nd in the league. Detroit and Cleveland ran the fewest with 350 carries. The Giants run the offense through quarterback Eli Manning and that means the running game is secondary. The Giants will find it easier to collect first downs at any down-and-distance situation through the air than on the ground.
#2. Jason Pierre-Paul will lead the league in sacks
Pierre-Paul was a premier pass rusher just a couple seasons ago. After suffering a serious injury to his hand in a firework incident in July of 2015, his production took a dip. However, he was able to get back to rushing the passer last year, recording seven sacks in 12 games.
This year, he will get back to where he was before the accident and record 18 sacks. No other player in the league will top 16.
#1. The Giants will finish first in the NFC East division
The Giants will win the NFC East for the first time since winning the Super Bowl in 2011. Their reward for winning the division will be a first round bye in the playoffs. The Giants will get the No. 1 seed in the NFC because of the tiebreaker, which will be their head-to-head victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 at MetLife Stadium.