By the numbers: Giants' 38-0 loss unearths disappointing stats

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

If Tom Coughlin heard some of these numbers, he'd be even more unhappy. (USATSI)
If Tom Coughlin heard some of these numbers, he'd be even more unhappy. (USATSI)

For the first time since 1996, the Giants are 0-3.

That team was unimpressive. It finished 6-10 while quarterback Dave Brown completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions and the team's leading rusher, Rodney Hampton, scored one touchdown all season. The 2013 version of the Giants? They look like pretty unimpressive as well.

Their offensive line has played horrendously, they have no running game, quarterback Eli Manning has been brutal, and the secondary can't make a play. Other than that, things are great.

Before the game, the thought process for Giants apologists went that even though the Giants were 0-2 for the first time since 2007, they could rebound and win the Super Bowl, just like they did after the 2007 season.

But this year's team played so poorly in its 38-0 loss to the Panthers it's laughable to think New York will even get a shot at making the playoffs.

And unfortunately for the Giants, there are some interesting (in a bad way) numbers that we feel compelled to show you.

First, a chart, via Pro Football Reference, showing you the only times in Giants history that they've lost by at least 38 points. Notice that they haven't done so since 2003 (obviously, this is the worst loss in the Tom Coughlin era) and that they haven't been shutout by so much since 1973.

FYI, PF stands for Points For, PA stands for Points Against and PD stands for Point Differential.

Points
RkTmDate OppW#ResultPFPAPD
18NYG2003-12-14@NOR15L 7-45745-38
37NYG1973-11-04@OAK8L 0-42042-42
49NYG1966-11-13@RAM10L 14-551455-41
50NYG1966-09-18@DAL1L 7-52752-45
60NYG1953-12-06@CLE11L 14-621462-48
61NYG1952-11-30@PIT10L 7-63763-56
66NYG1948-10-10@PHI3L 0-45045-45
71NYG1943-11-14 CHI6L 7-56756-49

So, that's bad, but here are a few other stats that probably will turn the stomachs of Giants fans.

  • With 13:19 left in the second quarter, the Giants had allowed six sacks. That's .35 sacks per minute.
  • The Panthers' seven sacks overall Sunday tied a team record. Crazy, because the Giants actually allowed only 20 sacks for all of last year, which was the league low. -- via Ross Tucker
  • At one point, the Panthers had accumulated 24 points while the Giants had recorded just 18 yards. -- via Tommy Tomlinson
  • The previous biggest loss in the Coughlin era was a 37-point defeat to Minnesota in 2009.
  • Out of 115 teams that have started 0-3 since 1990, only three have gone on to make the postseason. That's a robust 2.6 percent.

On to the rest of the league.

BY THE NUMBERS

0: The number of wins combined for the Giants and Redskins through six games. Just like all of us would have guessed. Via Elias, this is the first time in history both teams have gone 0-3 to start the season. The NFC East, it's fantastic.

0: The number of times the Chargers have lost to a team called the Tennessee Titans before Sunday (via Spreadapedia). San Diego last lost to that franchise in 1992 when the Titans were known as the Houston Oilers. The last time the Chargers had lost to a team called the Titans was Oct. 28, 1962 when they fell to the New York Titans in an AFL tilt.

0:12: This was the amount of time it took for the Bengals to score two touchdowns vs. the Packers in the first quarter. Of course, it took them another 35:18 to score their next touchdown after that.

1.000: The all-time winning percentage for Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer since he joined the squad. This makes him, statistically-speaking, the best quarterback of the last 19 who have played for Cleveland since 1999. In second place on the list: Jake Delhomme's .500 record when he went 2-2 as the starter. -- via Tony Grossi

2: Losses for the 2013 Falcons, who didn't lose their second game last season until Dec. 9.

4: When Packers games are decided by four points or less during the Aaron Rodgers era, he's 5-17 as a starter. If the game is decided by more than four points, he's 48-10. -- via ESPN Stats Info

4: The number of penalties in four consecutive plays gathered by Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson as he attempted to cover Steve Johnson in the fourth quarter. One was a personal foul penalty, and another was for unsportsmanlike conduct. Wilson was yanked from the game immediately. -- via Brian Murphy

17: The number of consecutive games the Bengals have not allowed a 300-yard passer from their opponent. -- via Andrew Siciliano

21: The number of consecutive games the Lions had lost while playing in Washington before grabbing their first franchise win there Sunday. In fact, Detroit had NEVER won in Washington before.

27: The number of catches Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has made this season. In his last two seasons combined, Edelman recorded 25 receptions.

45: The number of years it's been since an NFL player recorded a punt, a PAT and a touchdown pass in the same game. Sam Baker was the last to do it Oct. 13, 1968. Cleveland's Spencer Lanning accomplished that vs. the Vikings on Sunday. -- via NFL Communications

54: The number of games it's been since a Browns quarterback threw for at least three touchdowns, like Hoyer did Sunday. The last time was Dec. 6, 2009 when the illustrious Brady Quinn accomplished the feat. That's a span of 54 games. -- via the Browns

61: Despite the loss on Thursday, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick notched a career-high 61-yard run. Funny, I would have thought his career-high would have been higher.

66: This is the number of games Ravens running back Ray Rice had played consecutively in the regular season before sitting out Sunday with a hip injury. -- via the Ravens

99: The number of games 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had played consecutively before he was inactive this week with a hamstring injury. -- via Cam Inman

115: The number of career sacks made by Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. He's now the franchise's record holder.

175: Two years ago when the Cowboys faced the Rams, then-rookie running back DeMarco Murray had a career day, rushing for 253 yards on 25 carries. So, how did he perform Sunday vs. St. Louis? He had his second-best rushing day ever, accumulating 175 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. It was Murray's first 100-yard day since Week 1 of 2012.

351: Before Ronnie Brown plunged into the end zone Sunday, the last time the Chargers had scored a rushing touchdown was Oct. 7, 2012. That's 351 days ago.

1,464: This is the number of total yards allowed by the Redskins through the first three games. That's tied for the second most in NFL history. -- via ESPN Stats Info.

1955: This was the last time the Packers forced six turnovers from their opponent and still managed to lose the game. Even though he wasn't coaching the team back then, this probably would have caused Vince Lombardi to down yet another cup of coffee. -- via Trey Wingo

8,000: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson reached the 8,000-yard career mark Sunday in his 95th game, tying Torry Holt as the fourth-fastest in NFL history to reach that mark. For the record, Lance Alworth holds the NFL marks, doing it in 83 contests. But Johnson can feel good about this: his nickname (Megatron) is just a little bit stronger than Alworth's nickname (Bambi). -- via ESPN Stats Info

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