2020 New York Giants Predictions and Season Win Total Picks
I have no idea what the New York Giants are doing. And if their recent results are any indication, the Giants don’t know what they are doing either.
The reality is that the Giants have been irrelevant for most of the last decade. They have posted a 12-36 straight up record the past three seasons and have registered six of seven losing overall seasons. New head coach Joe Judge – who has never been a head man at any level – is the fifth different head coach that the organization has had in the last six years.
The 38-year-old Judge looks to me to be another piece of rotten fruit off the Bill Belichick coaching tree. Judge has been the Patriots special teams coordinator over the last five years. It will be hard to be worse than recent Giants failures Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur, but Judge comes in with an even flimsier resume than either of those two flops.
Judge will attempt to install new offensive and defensive systems this year. Former Dallas head coach Jason Garrett will be tasked with mentoring Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, the crown jewels of New York’s recent draft classes. Patrick Graham, who was Miami’s defensive coordinator last season, takes over a defense that has been a sieve over the past three seasons.
However, the new coaching staff has been extremely hampered by the bizarre NFL offseason. They haven’t been able to meet with their teams in person and won’t have the benefits of minicamps or OTAs. This should make the learning curve much steeper for a team that is in obvious transition.
The Giants are hoping that Jones, Barkley and this year’s first round pick, tackle Andrew Thomas, will develop three franchise cornerstones. Barkley is an undeniable stud. I still have major questions about Jones, and I think the Giants passed on better potential tackles when they nabbed Thomas with the No. 4 overall pick. The Giants are hoping I’m wrong.
Garrett’s offenses in Dallas were hardly known for their innovation. And he won’t have nearly the level of talent to work with in New York this season. The Giants have invested heavily in the offensive line in recent seasons, though they haven’t seen much return on that investment. Golden Tate is the only reliable receiver on the roster, and I think that consistency will again be a major issue for an attack that hasn’t finished in the top half of the NFL in any of the past four seasons.
Throughout franchise history, the most successful Giants teams have always relied on backbreaking defenses with ferocious pass rushes. But with the exception of 2016, the Giants defense has been a joke for most of the last 10 years. They’ve finished No. 24 or worse in total defense seven of the past nine years, and the Giants were No. 30 in points allowed last year.
Graham will have his work cut out for him this season because the Giants defensive roster sucks again this year. They have no depth on the offensive line, and their linebacking corps should once again be one of the worst in football. There are some potential bright spots in the secondary. But without a pass rush to help them out, the Giants back line will once again get exposed on a regular basis.
The Giants certainly didn’t catch any breaks from schedule makers. Jones, a second year quarterback attempting to learn a new offense, will face five Top 10 defenses in a row to start the season. From Week 2-Week 7 they play four of six games on the road, and late season trips to Seattle and Baltimore should be harrowing.
During Tom Coughlin’s regime, the Giants were always a bit better than the sum total of their parts. They were able to overcome sloppiness and talent deficits with toughness and grit, and the G-Men always seemed to play up (or down) to their level of competition. That’s not the case now, though, and “toughness” and “grit” are two of the last words I would use to describe this roster.
The first two words? “Garbage” and “pile”. I think if everything goes right for the Giants, they could win six games this year. But with a questionable coaching staff and a flimsy roster, I don’t expect everything to go right.
Take the New York Giants ‘Under’ 6.0 wins.
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