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The 2018 season was the New York Giants' 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants entered the season looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the team finish with a 3–13 record, their worst since the adoption of a 16-game regular season. Despite starting 1–7 for the second consecutive year, the Giants managed to improve on their 3–13 campaign with a 30–27 win over the Chicago Bears. After a 17–0 shutout loss to the Titans in Week 15, the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season. The season was highlighted by blown fourth-quarter leads much like 2015, the Giants were in 12 one-possession games and lost eight games by seven points or fewer. The Giants finished the season 5–11 and last place in the NFC East for the second straight year and the first time they finished last in back to back years since 1977 and 1978.

2018 New York Giants season
Head coachPat Shurmur
General managerDave Gettleman
OwnerJohn Mara
Steve Tisch
Home fieldMetLife Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Saquon Barkley
SS Landon Collins
K Aldrick Rosas
OLB Olivier Vernon
FS Michael Thomas
Uniform
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Despite the 5–11 record, the season was highlighted with rookie running back Saquon Barkley who won many awards including Pepsi Rookie of the Year,[1] FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year,[2] AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year[3] and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team and AP All-Rookie teams.[4]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Free agents signedEdit

Date Position Player Free agent tag 2017 Team Notes
March 13 RB Jonathan Stewart UFA Carolina Panthers Stewart signed a 2-year, $6.9 million deal after being released by Carolina.[5]
March 14 OL Nate Solder UFA New England Patriots Solder's contract makes him the NFL's highest paid OL (4 years, $62 million).[6]
March 14 LB Kareem Martin UFA Arizona Cardinals Martin is reunited with DC James Bettcher who coached him in Arizona.[7]
March 14 DB Teddy Williams UFA Carolina Panthers Williams signed a one-year deal. Former college sprinter.[8]
March 14 OL Patrick Omameh UFA Jacksonville Jaguars Omameh signed a 3-year, $15 million deal.[9]
March 15 DB Curtis Riley ERFA Tennessee Titans Reunited with Deshea Townsend, who coached him in Tennessee.[10]
March 19 WR Cody Latimer UFA Denver Broncos Reunited with Tyke Tolbert, who coached him in Denver.[11]
March 19 DB B.W. Webb UFA Cleveland Browns Webb signed a 1-year deal. The Giants are his 7th team in 6 NFL seasons.[12]
March 19 DE Josh Mauro UFA Arizona Cardinals Reunited with former teammate Martin and DC James Bettcher.[13]
March 26 DB Michael Thomas UFA Miami Dolphins Thomas signed a 2-year deal.[14]
April 5 DB William Gay UFA Pittsburgh Steelers Gay signed a 1-year deal.[15]
May 22 WR Russell Shepard UFA Carolina Panthers Shepard signed a 1-year, $1.3 million deal.[16]
July 24 LB Connor Barwin UFA Los Angeles Rams Barwin signed a 2-year deal, $5 million deal.[17]

TradesEdit

On March 7, 2018, the Giants acquired LB Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 4th (#135, John Franklin-Myers) and a 6th (#176. John Kelly) round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In the deal, the Giants also acquired a 7th round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[18]

On April 20, 2018, the Giants acquired P Riley Dixon from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a conditional 7th round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[19]

DraftEdit

2018 New York Giants Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
1 2 Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
2 34 Will Hernandez G UTEP
3 66 Lorenzo Carter LB Georgia
69 B. J. Hill DT NC State From Tampa Bay
4 108 Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond From Tampa Bay
5 139 RJ McIntosh DT Miami (FL)

Notes

Draft trades

  • The Giants traded a compensatory fourth-round selection (135th overall) and a sixth-round selection (176th overall) to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a seventh-round selection in 2019 and linebacker Alec Ogletree.
  • The Giants traded a fourth-round selection (102nd overall) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a third-round selection (69th overall) and a fourth-round selection (108th overall).
  • The Giants traded a seventh-round selection (220th overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for defensive back Ross Cockrell.

Supplemental Draft

StaffEdit

2018 New York Giants staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2018 New York Giants final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Cleveland Browns L 10–20 0–1 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 August 17 at Detroit Lions W 30–17 1–1 Ford Field Recap
3 August 24 at New York Jets W 22–16 2–1 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 August 30 New England Patriots L 12–17 2–2 MetLife Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Jacksonville Jaguars L 15–20 0–1 MetLife Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–20 0–2 AT&T Stadium Recap
3 September 23 at Houston Texans W 27–22 1–2 NRG Stadium Recap
4 September 30 New Orleans Saints L 18–33 1–3 MetLife Stadium Recap
5 October 7 at Carolina Panthers L 31–33 1–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 11 Philadelphia Eagles L 13–34 1–5 MetLife Stadium Recap
7 October 22 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–23 1–6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
8 October 28 Washington Redskins L 13–20 1–7 MetLife Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 12 at San Francisco 49ers W 27–23 2–7 Levi's Stadium Recap
11 November 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38–35 3–7 MetLife Stadium Recap
12 November 25 at Philadelphia Eagles L 22–25 3–8 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 December 2 Chicago Bears W 30–27 (OT) 4–8 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Washington Redskins W 40–16 5–8 FedEx Field Recap
15 December 16 Tennessee Titans L 0–17 5–9 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 23 at Indianapolis Colts L 27–28 5–10 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
17 December 30 Dallas Cowboys L 35–36 5–11 MetLife Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week One: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 3 10 0720
Giants 3 3 3615

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 2: at Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Two: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 0 31013
Cowboys 10 0 3720

at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information

Week 3: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Three: New York Giants at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 7 13 0727
Texans 3 3 31322

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

Week 4: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 12 71433
Giants 7 0 3818

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 5: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Five: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 3 10 31531
Panthers 7 13 01333

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Similar to the Eagles game in Week 3 last season, the Giants rallied back in the 4th quarter, but were overshadowed by a 63-yard game-winning field goal by Graham Gano. However, controversy surrounded after the game, where players believed there was a wrong call on the final drive on a 3rd and 1 run by Christian McCaffrey and another wrong Pass Interference Call on Landon Collins.[20] This game marked the first time the Giants scored 30 or more points in a game since Week 17 of the 2015 season.[21]

Week 6: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Six: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Eagles 14 10 7334
Giants 3 3 7013

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Since winning Super Bowl XLII against the previously undefeated 2007 Patriots, the Giants have lost 17 of their past 23 games against the Eagles.

Week 7: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Seven: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 0 3 31420
Falcons 0 10 01323

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 8: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Eight: Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 0 31020
Giants 0 3 01013

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,537
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Ten: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 7 3 10727
49ers 3 10 7323

at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Game information

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Eleven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 7 72135
Giants 7 7 101438

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 12: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Twelve: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 9 10 0322
Eagles 0 11 31125

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,696
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Thirteen: Chicago Bears at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Bears 7 7 013027
Giants 7 3 143330

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 14: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Fourteen: New York Giants at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 7 27 6040
Redskins 0 0 01616

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information

Week 15: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Fifteen: Tennessee Titans at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 7 0 7317
Giants 0 0 000

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information

Week 16: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Sixteen: New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Giants 14 3 7327
Colts 0 7 14728

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information

Week 17: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week Seventeen: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 0 14 71536
Giants 0 7 111735

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,750
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 339 324 W2
(6) Philadelphia Eagles 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 367 348 W3
Washington Redskins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 281 359 L2
New York Giants 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 369 412 L3

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New Orleans Saints South 13 3 0 .813 4–2 9–3 .482 .488 L1
2[a] Los Angeles Rams West 13 3 0 .813 6–0 9–3 .480 .428 W2
3 Chicago Bears North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .430 .419 W4
4 Dallas Cowboys East 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 .488 .444 W2
Wild cards
5 Seattle Seahawks West 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .484 .400 W2
6 Philadelphia Eagles East 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 .518 .486 W3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Minnesota Vikings North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 .504 .355 L1
8[b] Atlanta Falcons South 7 9 0 .438 4–2 7–5 .482 .348 W3
9[b] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .486 .371 L2
10[b] Carolina Panthers South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .508 .518 W1
11 Green Bay Packers North 6 9 1 .406 1–4–1 3–8–1 .488 .417 L1
12 Detroit Lions North 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .504 .427 W1
13[c] New York Giants East 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .527 .487 L3
14[c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .523 .506 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 .504 .406 L2
16 Arizona Cardinals West 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .527 .302 L4
Tiebreakers[d]
  1. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of LA Rams based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b c Atlanta finished ahead of Washington based on head-to-head victory. Atlanta finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head sweep. Washington finished ahead of Carolina based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b NY Giants finished ahead of Tampa Bay based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giants star Saquon Barkley wins fan vote to be named Pepsi Rookie of the Year". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ ArtStapletonNFL. "Giants running back Saquon Barkley wins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year". North Jersey. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  3. ^ "Saquon Barkley wins the 2018 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year". New York Giants. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  4. ^ "NFC East rookie grades: Pro Bowl returns for Giants, Cowboys". NFL.com. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  5. ^ "Giants gave Jonathan Stewart a two-year, $6.9 million deal". Giants Wire. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Source: Nate Solder to sign with Giants". SI.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL free agents: Kareem Martin to sign with Giants, reunite with James Bettcher". NJ.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Per source, the Giants are signing CB Teddy Williams to a one-year contract. Williams was a sprinter at Texas-San Antonio who didn't play college football. Was an All-State WR in high school in Texas. Very speedy. Has been with Cowboys, Cardinals, Bears, Panthers". ESPN.com. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Patrick Omameh's deal is three years and $15 million. He received $5.5M guaranteed. His cap number for 2018 is expected to be $2.5 million". ESPN.com. March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "Giants add cornerback Curtis Riley". ProFootballTalk. March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Free Agency: Cody Latimer signs with New York Giants". Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Giants signing veteran CB B.W. Webb to one-year deal". Giants Wire. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "NFL Free Agency: Josh Mauro signs with New York Giants". Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Source: Giants to sign ex-Dolphins S Thomas". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Giants Sign Veteran Cornerback William Gay » Inside Football". Inside Football. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Giants' Dave Gettleman signs Russell Shepard for 2nd straight offseason | Is he the No. 3 WR?". NJ.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Connor Barwin agrees to 2-year deal with Giants". NFL.com. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  18. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 7, 2018). "Rams to trade Alec Ogletree to Giants for two picks". NFL.com.
  19. ^ "Punter trade! Giants acquire Riley Dixon from Broncos". NFL.com. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  20. ^ Brown, Larry (October 7, 2018). "Giants upset over controversial first down call on Christian McCaffrey run". Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Giants Finally Score 30, but a 63-Yard Field Goal Does Them In". Retrieved October 22, 2018.

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