Giants' offense finally rounding into form

After a shaky start, the Giants' offense is starting to play as well as it did toward the end of last season.

Updated: November 5, 2003, 11:24 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The New York Giants barely averted having the 2002 season slip through their fingers on Sunday when they went "on the road" to beat the crosstown rival Jets. Their defense gave up drives of 60, 75, 67 and 80 yards, but their offense bailed them out and has them sitting at 4-4 halfway though the season.

Giants fans have been waiting to see the team's offense play well. Going into this year, the Giants, at least on paper, had perhaps the best collection of talent in the league and were hyped as NYTD Blue. And why not? Quarterback Kerry Collins was coming off his first 4,000-yard season and was in his prime, tailback Tiki Barber led the conference in total yards from scrimmage last season, receiver Amani Toomer was second only to Plaxico Burress in average yards per catch, and Jeremy Shockey led all tight ends in receiving yards. Throw in a healthy Ike Hilliard and the fireworks were sure to begin in earnest.

Kerry Collins
Kerry Collins has stepped up his game over the last two weeks.
But the Giants stalled out of the gates and fell far short of expectations. In their first six games, Big Blue's vaunted offense averaged only 17.5 points a game and seemed to lose the ability to gain yards in chunks. They were averaging only 4.9 yards per play and 5.7 yards per pass attempt. Then again, it shouldn't have come as a great surprise since the Giants don't seem to play well unless there is some kind of turmoil to overcome. So with the season precariously resting at 2-4, the Giants' offense suddenly came to life.