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Coming off a three-win season

New York Giants Hats , the New York Giants have changed.They have a new coach, a new general manager, a new 3-4 defensive scheme and a slew of new players led by No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley.The biggest change, however, heading into 2018 is there is no Super Bowl hype.That was the main topic going into 2017 with the Giants coming off an 11-5 season under then-second-year coach Ben McAdoo. The expectations of a trip to Minnesota and a fifth Lombardi Trophy were through the roof.The hope didn't last long. After losing five straight to start the season and incurring several injuries, McAdoo and longtime general manager Jerry Reese were fired in early December after their decision to bench two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.The changes followed. Dave Gettleman was hired to replace Reese. Pat Shurmur was named coach. A slew of free agents were signed led by left tackle Nate Solder, guard Patrick Omameh and linebacker Kareem Martin. Fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree was acquired in a trade.Barkley, guard Will Hernandez and defensive tackle B.J. Hill were added in the first three rounds of the draft. All should start against the Jaguars on Sept. 9."I just told the team today, and I'll say this, I'm not into predictions," Shurmur said Monday. "I told the team today really don't worry about Jacksonville, let's just make the rest of today as good as it can be and then we'll see where we go with it."The Giants have talent. Getting back to the playoffs will be tough.New York has two games with the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and five other matchups against teams that made the playoffs — Jacksonville, New Orleans, Carolina, Atlanta and Tennessee. Add in four games against NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington and winning nine or 10 games is asking a lot.The positive is the personnel is good. The 37-year-old Manning has looked sharp in the preseason and the receiving group has the potential to be awesome, especially if Odell Beckham Jr. returns to form after missing most of last season with a broken ankle. Despite missing two weeks with a hamstring, Barkley has been impressive. He has a burst of speed that has not been seen in the Giants' backfield in a while.Defensively, tackle Snacks Harrison, end/linebacker Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins are Pro Bowl caliber for coordinator James Bettcher.Some things to know about the 2018 Giants:BECKHAM'S BACK: The Giants have been cautious with the three-time Pro Bowler in the preseason. He did not appear in any of the first three games and it's likely he won't play until the season opener. The 25-year-old has been barely touched in training camp which might raise some concerns.However, if you've watched him New York Giants Hoodie , he has not lost a step. His cuts are crisp, his hands are as good as ever and there is no reason not to believe he is going to have double-digit touchdown catches and have more than 1,000 yards receiving. He also should benefit from opponents having to watch Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.O-LINE ISSUES: The Giants spent a bundle to upgrade the offensive line. Solder is a major upgrade at left tackle. Hernandez is a fighter at left guard. The rest of the line is suspect. Jon Halapio is playing center for the first time. Omameh struggled against Jets at right tackle while Ereck Flowers has been up and down at his new right tackle spot. Bottom line is the line was the weak link in the offense last season and it could be again although the pass protection has looked a little better.SECONDARY ISSUES: The secondary has three solid starters in Jenkins, fellow cornerback Eli Apple and Collins at the strong safety. The free safety spot looks as if it will go to Curtis Riley. He outlasted incumbent Darian Thompson, who was bothered by a hamstring in training camp, and veteran Andrew Adams, who struggled despite making 17 starts over the past two seasons. There is little depth at cornerback and it is uncertain who will be the nickel and dime backs.D-LINE: A late concern for the line is Vernon's reported high ankle injury. He is the top pass rusher and struggled at times last season with a similar injury. Rookie Lorenzo Carter, veteran Connor Barwin and Kerry Wynn will have to take up the slack.MANNING: Eli is enjoying the new offense. He was 17 of 23 against the Jets in his final tuneup, and no one is worried whether his starting days are dwindling. Backup Davis Webb has started to show the team didn't waste a third-round pick on him last season. So that was something. The New York Giants looked mostly lifeless in an embarrassing 34-13 Thursday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unlike last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers when all the big and meaningful plays came late in the game, most of those came in the first half on Thursday — the Giants started the second quarter with an 18 percent win probability and it didn’t get much closer.These are the biggest plays in the game, by Win Probability Added (WPA) and Expected Points Added (EPA), per data from nflscrapR. Explainers here (WPA) and here (EPA).Both WPA and EPA presented from the perspective of the offense.Not a great start - 14:24, first quarterEPA: minus-6.18 | WPA: minus-14.9 percentThe tone of this game was set fairly early. On the second play from scrimmage — a second-and-2 — Eli Manning forced a short pass to tight end Scott Simonson into tight coverage — Next Gen Stats tracked 0.53 yards of separation. Simonson started because Evan Engram was still out and Rhett Ellison was also inactive Thursday night. Linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) was able to charge and deflect the ball, which fell into the hands of Kamu Grugier-Hill (54) for an interception. An improbable touchdown - 13:27, first quarterEPA: 3.47 | WPA: 11.9 percentThe interception set the Eagles up with the ball on the Giants’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, Philadelphia put the ball in the end zone, though it wasn’t easy. A recently returned Olivier Vernon pushed Carson Wentz from the pocket to his right. Wentz then threw back across his body to the middle of the field, where Alshon Jeffery was charging in the end zone. Per Next Gen Stats, the expected completion percentage of that play was just 18.2 percent, which makes it the 12th least-likely completion of the 2018 season so far.Barkley breaks one, part one - 11:50 Youth Customized New York Giants Jerseys , first quarterEPA: 2.58 | WPA: 8.6 percentSaquon Barkley had a big day as really the only functioning piece of the offense — and even that only came when he was breaking big gains and breaking tackles. While Barkley did do plenty on his own, this big 46-yard run was opened by a pull from guard Will Hernandez. The run got the Giants to the Philadelphia 18, but after a 3-yard Wayne Gallman run and two incompletions, the Giants settled for a field goal.A stolen interception - 8:45, first quarterEPA: 4.31 | WPA: 14.8 percentThis play could have been a huge turning point in the game. On a third-and-7 from the Eagles’ own 17, Kareem Martin got a hand on the arm of Wentz as he went to throw a pass. The ball floated up in the air and looked to be heading into the waiting arms of Landon Collins. But since Collins had to stop and change direction for the ball, he couldn’t charge it and could only wait. In that time, Nelson Agholor charged in front, caught the floater, and gained 32 yards. Philadelphia would eventually punt, but they did so from the 40, better than inside their own 20 or giving the Giants the ball on an interception.Barkley breaks one, part two - 8:06, second quarterEPA: 3.56 | WPA: 9.9 percentBarkley’s second big play was a screen pass taken 55 yards down to the Philadelphia 13. The Giants were only down 14-3 at that point, even after getting a roughing the passer penalty on a failed third down, the Giants were still held out of the end zone. They got down to the 3, but a 21-yard field goal was the call. The Giants would not come closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.Agholor gets free - 5:13, second quarterEPA: 4.21 | WPA: 9.0 percentOn the next drive, Nelson Agholor came through with another play that wasn’t really designed for him. The Eagles faced a third-and-3 from the Philadelphia 32. Wentz rolled out to his right on play-action, and with nothing really open, Agholor altered his route which left Eli Apple well behind him and he was clear for a 58-yard reception down the the Giants’ 10-yard line. Ertz in the end zone - 4:28 www.giantsauthorizedshops.com , second quarterEPA: 2.16 | WPA: 3.0 percentThe next play was maybe mentally a dagger but in reality, the game was already decided. Philadelphia motioned from a full house look to a more traditional formation that put Zach Ertz on the left side of the line. With no wide receivers on that side, it left Ertz one-on-one against Janoris Jenkins. Over his career, Jenkins has been susceptible to double moves and Ertz is one of the best of setting those up in the red zone. That’s exactly what happened and Ertz was wide open for a 10-yard touchdown. The play only added three percent win probability because the Eagles were already at 90 percent before the touchdown.Barkley breaks one, part three - 6:19, third quarterEPA: 3.97 | WPA: 3.2 percentDown 31-6 and despite the wishes of some, the Giants continued with the running game. The result was another ridiculous Barkley run for a 50-yard touchdown. The back finished the game with 130 yards rushing and 99 yards receiving, his sixth-straight game of at least 100 yards from scrimmage. However, this was also just Barkley’s second game with positive expected points added as a runner and the previous game (Week 4) was just a total of 0.63.Late third down conversions - 5:34, third quarterEPA: 2.53 | WPA: 2.7 percentLate in the game, the Giants couldn’t get off the field on defense. Early in the season, the Giants defense excelled on third down but struggled on first and second. On larger samples, performance on first and second down is more predictive than third down and that appears to be the case for this Giants season on both sides of the ball. On third-and-8, the Giants lined up defenders on the first down marker who then dropped back a few yards and left room for a catch and run, which happened here to Jordan Matthews. And another - 3:29, third quarterEPA: 3.19 | WPA: 3.1 percentOverall, the Eagles were 9-of-16 on third downs in the game but were 6-of-9 in the second half. Here’s a look at the Eagles offensive looking at those second half third down conversion attempts:

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