2017 New York Giants Season
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2017 New York Giants Season

2017 New York Giants season
Head coachBen McAdoo (fired week 13, 2-10 record)
Steve Spagnuolo (interim, 1-3 record)
General managerJerry Reese (fired week 13)
Kevin Abrams (interim)
Dave Gettleman (week 17)
OwnerJohn Mara
Steve Tisch
Home fieldMetLife Stadium
Results
Record3-13
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersSS Landon Collins
Uniform
Giants uniforms12 nobrands.png

The 2017 New York Giants season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, the eighth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the second and final under head coach Ben McAdoo. Coming fresh off an 11-5 season from one year ago, the Giants had high hopes of a Super Bowl championship and were an expected playoff contender by many critics. However, things quickly fell apart after key injuries and controversial decisions towards the team. A disastrous and unexpected 0-5 start to their season (their second in 5 years), coupled with major injuries to the team, including star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., had the Giants suffer to a franchise worst 3-13 record. By Week 10, after losing to the previously winless 49ers, the Giants were standing at 1-8, their worst record since 1980. The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention on November 26, 2017 when the Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 34-20, the Panthers defeated the Jets 35-27 and the Eagles defeated the Bears 31-3.

On November 28, it was announced that Geno Smith was to start against the Raiders, which snapped Eli Manning's 210 consecutive games started streak, the longest in the NFL at the time. It started controversy, with present and former teammates, opponents, fans, executives, and television and radio show hosts coming into Manning's defense. The benching of Eli also led to speculation he would possibly join the Jacksonville Jaguars, which would reunite him with former Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom works for the team as their executive vice president of football operations. With that move, the Giants became the last team in the NFL to have started an African-American quarterback in at least one game.[1] After a 24-17 loss to the Raiders in Week 13, with the Giants standing at 2-10, both Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired, leaving Steve Spagnuolo as the interim head coach and Kevin Abrams as the interim general manager. These were the first mid-season staff firings since the 1976 season.[2] Manning was then renamed the starter for the Week 14 game against the Cowboys.

A 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 dropped the Giants to 2-11 surpassing the most losses in the Eli Manning era with 10 losses (2004, 2014, and 2015). With a 34-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, the Giants tied the record of losses they set before (12) falling to 2-12, but after a 23-0 loss to the Cardinals in Week 16, the Giants fell to 2-13, setting a new record for most losses in a single season in franchise history, eclipsing the previous record of 12, done five times in franchise history: 1966, 1974, 1980, 1983 and 2003 and the worst under a 16-game schedule format. The Giants at the end defeated the Washington Redskins ultimately finish the season at 3-13.

The Giants 3-13 record was their worst record in a 16-game season in franchise history, their worst winning percentage since 1974, the worst record in the Eli Manning era, their worst record since 2003, finished last place in the NFC East for the first time since 2003, and second-worst in the league behind the Cleveland Browns. The Giants also went 1-11 against the NFC in 2017 and 1-5 against the NFC East. In the process, the Giants acquired the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

On December 29, 2017, Dave Gettleman was hired as the new general manager for the team. Gettleman quickly address the offensive line issues which led to the release of offensive tackle Bobby Hart and the benching of 2015 1st rounder Ereck Flowers. Flowers started all games to this point being the only consistent starter on the offensive line.

Offseason

Free agents signed

Date Position Player Free agent tag 2016 Team New Team Notes
March 8 WR Brandon Marshall New York Jets New York Giants
March 10 TE Rhett Ellison Minnesota Vikings New York Giants
March 12 OL D. J. Fluker San Diego Chargers New York Giants
March 17 DE Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants New York Giants
March 20 QB Geno Smith New York Jets New York Giants
March 20 CB Valentino Blake Tennessee Titans New York Giants
March 22 RB Shaun Draughn San Francisco 49ers New York Giants

Draft

2018 New York Giants draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Evan Engram  TE Ole Miss
2 55 Dalvin Tomlinson  DT Alabama
3 87 Davis Webb  QB California
4 140 Wayne Gallman  RB Clemson
5 167 Avery Moss  DE Youngstown State
6 200 Adam Bisnowaty  OT Pittsburgh
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Giants' original fourth-round selection was moved to the back of the fourth round, after all of the compensatory selections, but no more than 12 picks after where their pick would have been positioned, as part of the punishment for illegal use of a walkie-talkie on their sideline during week 14 of the 2016 season.

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 Pittsburgh Steelers L 12-20 0-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 August 21 at Cleveland Browns L 6-10 0-2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
3 August 26 New York Jets W 32-31 1-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 August 31 at New England Patriots W 40-38 2-2 Gillette Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 10 at Dallas Cowboys L 3-19 0-1 AT&T Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Detroit Lions L 10-24 0-2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 24 at Philadelphia Eagles L 24-27 0-3 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 October 1 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 23-25 0-4 Raymond James Stadium Recap
5 October 8 Los Angeles Chargers L 22-27 0-5 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at Denver Broncos W 23-10 1-5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
7 October 22 Seattle Seahawks L 7-24 1-6 MetLife Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 5 Los Angeles Rams L 17-51 1-7 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 12 at San Francisco 49ers L 21-31 1-8 Levi's Stadium Recap
11 November 19 Kansas City Chiefs W 12-9 (OT) 2-8 MetLife Stadium Recap
12 November 23 at Washington Redskins L 10-20 2-9 FedExField Recap
13 December 3 at Oakland Raiders L 17-24 2-10 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Recap
14 December 10 Dallas Cowboys L 10-30 2-11 MetLife Stadium Recap
15 December 17 Philadelphia Eagles L 29-34 2-12 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Arizona Cardinals L 0-23 2-13 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
17 December 31 Washington Redskins W 18-10 3-13 MetLife Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Odell Beckham was declared out before the game due to his ankle injury. The loss of Beckham was too steep for the Giants to overcome who barely mustered 200 yards. The Cowboys set the pace early and were on the field for 47 plays in the first half. The loss dropped the Giants to 0-1. They are 1-9 in Week 1 games against the Cowboys, with their only win coming in 2016.

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions

Even with a limited Odell Beckham Jr. the Giants struggled mightily against the Lions. Rookie tight end Evan Engram scored his first career touchdown. However, an 88-yard punt return touchdown sealed the Giants fate. With the loss, the Giants dropped to 0-2.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

A huge rally in the 4th quarter was overshadowed by rookie kicker Jake Elliott when he kicked a game winning 61-yard field goal to drop the Giants to 0-3 and their fourth straight loss in Philadelphia. It was the longest game winning field goal as time expired since 2006.

Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just like in Philadelphia, the Giants were beaten by a game winning field goal to drop to 0-4.

Week 5: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Giants suffered a ton of injuries throughout the game including star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. It was later revealed he fractured his fibula. The Giants blew a 4th quarter lead and dropped to 0-5 for the first time since 2013. This was their fourth straight loss to the Chargers as Eli Manning's Giants never beat the team that drafted him 1st overall and sent him to the Giants in exchange for Philip Rivers in the 2004 Draft.

Week 6: at Denver Broncos

With numerous injuries in the receiving core from the Week 5 game and against a heavily favored Broncos team, the Giants pulled a massive upset to snap a 5-game losing streak and defeat Denver for the first time since 2005. This is also Manning's first career win in Denver. Janoris Jenkins returned a Trevor Siemian interception for a touchdown in the win, his first as a member of the Giants and Orleans Darkwa had his first 100-yard game.

Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks

This game was the first time the Giants played an intraconference game on CBS since the 1993 season finale on January 2, 1994 against the Cowboys (before Fox took over the NFC contract in the 1994 season). The Giants defense played well in the first half, aided by an NFL record 10 play goal line stand, but unraveled in the second half as they tired out. They couldn't be saved by their weak wide receiving corps, along with a struggling run game that sealed their fate. With the loss, the Giants fell to 1-6 and lost to the Seahawks for the 4th straight time.

Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams

A bunch of miscues and 3 turnovers from the offense led the Rams dominate the entire game. The Giants allowed 51 points, the most points allowed at home since 1964 against the Cleveland Browns. The loss also dropped the Giants 1-7. This was the first loss to the Rams since 2001 and their first home loss to the Rams since 2000. This was also the most points the Giants allowed since they lost 52-49 to the Saints in 2015.

Despite all the miscues, Eli Manning became the 7th quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers

Attempting to get their second win of the season, the Giants were upset by the previously winless 49ers. Their defense was porous, allowing over 450 yards of offense. Despite Eli Manning finishing with a 113.9 passer rating, the Giants only had 13 points until a meaningless 4th quarter drive. The Giants dropped 1-8, their worst start since 1980.

Despite the loss, Eli Manning had his 208th consecutive start at quarterback, tying his brother Peyton Manning for 2nd in NFL history in that regard.

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Attempting to stop a 3-game losing streak, the Giants returned home to host the Kansas City Chiefs led by Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt. In a defensive battle, the Giants picked off the Chiefs 3 times and Roger Lewis made a 4th and 6 catch in the red zone to set up Aldrick Rosas kicked the game winning field goal in OT to improve the Giants to 2-8. This was the Giants first home win of the season.

Eli Manning made his 209th consecutive start at quarterback, passing Peyton Manning for 2nd in NFL history, only trailing Brett Favre (297).

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

The Giants offense struggled the entire game and was held to only one first down in the second half. The Giants dropped to 2-9 and were eliminated from playoff contention on the following Sunday after the Panthers defeated the Jets 35-27 and the Eagles defeated the Bears 31-3.

As he would be benched the next week, Eli Manning's streak of 210 consecutive starts by a quarterback is currently second in NFL history. As of the end of the 2017 season, Philip Rivers is the current quarterback iron man and is expected to finish the regular season with over 200 consecutive starts. The current NFL iron man across all positions is punter Shane Lechler, with over 250 consecutive games played.

Week 13: at Oakland Raiders

For the first time since November 2004, Eli Manning did not start the game in favor of Geno Smith in a moved that was universally panned by the football community. Present and former teammates, opponents, fans, executives, TV and radio show hosts quickly came to Manning's defense. It was also the first time a Manning did not start in an NFL game since Week 17 of the 1997 NFL season. An attempted comeback fell short dropping the Giants to 2-10, their worst record since 1976. Geno completed 21-34 passes for 212 yards and 1 touchdown and lost 2 redzone fumbles. The following day, the Giants announced that Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese had been relieved of their duties.

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys

With Eli Manning back in the starting position, both the Giants and Cowboys were tied up at 10 heading into the 4th quarter until Dallas scored 20 unanswered points and shutout the struggling Giants offense in the 2nd half to drop the Giants to 2-11. This is the first time the Giants lost more than 10 games in a season since 2003 and first under the Eli Manning era.

Week 15: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Poor special team mishaps and an attempted comeback that fell 6-yards short led the Eagles to win in a thriller of a game to drop the Giants to 2-12 despite the Giants going up 20-7 at one point and, tying their worst record since 1974. They also got swept by the Eagles which allowed them to clinch a first round bye, and the loss dropped the Giants to 0-5 in the division. Despite their miscues, the Giants dominated on offense going for just under 500 yards and Eli Manning had his best performance this season. With a Redskins 20-15 win over the Cardinals, the Giants secured a fourth place finish in the NFC East for the first time since 2003.

The Giants are now 4-14 against the Eagles despite leading the series 84-82-2.

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

Shutout for the first time since October 2014, the Giants offense couldn't get into the end zone and their only chance at points came on a missed field goal by Aldrick Rosas. The Giants dropped to 2-13 and clinched their worst record in franchise history.

Week 17: vs. Washington Redskins

The Giants defense only allowed 10 points and got 3 interceptions from Kirk Cousins along with sacking him 3 times. The Giants also had a surging run game with over 250 yards on the ground. Orleans Darkwa set a new career high with 154 yards. The Giants defeated the Redskins 18-10 to improve to 3-13. With the Colts beating the Texans that day, the Giants locked in the #2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

This was the Giants' only win against a division rival or an NFC team during the season.

Standings

Division

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 457 295 L1
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 354 332 W1
Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 1-5 5-7 342 388 L1
New York Giants 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 246 388 W1

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5-1 10-2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4-2 7-5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3-3 7-5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4-2 9-3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5-1 8-4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4-2 7-5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5-1 7-5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3-3 5-7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1-5 5-7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1-5 3-9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0-6 1-11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams and Washington was 5-0, compared to Minnesota's 4-1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle was 2-3, compared to Washington's 1-4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/28/16712310/geno-smith-first-black-quarterback-eli-manning-new-york-giants
  2. ^ Press, Associated (December 4, 2017). "Giants fire coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, source says". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.

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