This might be the Giants’ worst season ever

The numbers do not lie. In addition to losing more games (13) this season than any other in franchise history, several other statistical lowlights make this one of the worst Giants teams of all time. They finished 1-7 on the road, their worst road record (in a non-strike year) since 1978, when they were also 1-7. The Giants are 0-11 against NFC opponents for the first time in team history, with one game remaining.

How’s this for showing no signs of improvement? The 42 rushing yards in the 23-0 loss to the Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., was the lowest total of the season for the Giants since they ran for only 35 yards in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys. It was as if the Giants spent three months treading water. Also, the 10 accepted penalties on the Giants tied their season high (at Philly in Week 3).

The Giants were on the field for 69 snaps on defense against the Cardinals, and cornerback Eli Apple did not make it out there for any of them. His total contribution was seven snaps on special teams.

The good news for the Giants: Left tackle Ereck Flowers has shown himself to be highly durable this season. The bad news for the Giants: That means Flowers hardly ever comes off the field. Flowers thus far has logged 1,001 snaps this season, missing only four, according to Pro Football Focus. Free safety Darian Thompson (1,009 snap) is the only Giants player with more snaps.

When veteran pickup John Greco (24 snaps with the offense) moved in to replace Jon Halapio (48 snaps) at right guard, Greco became the 10th different Giants offensive lineman to play this season. Greco, a 10-year veteran, was signed Nov. 14 and probably should have been getting more regular snaps on offense before this.

Damon Harrison hits Drew Stanton.Getty Images

You ever notice when opponents have success running on the Giants it is usually not directly up the middle? The Cardinals got little done on the ground (2.7-yard rushing average), and take away a 21-yard run by Kerwynn Williams and the Giants limited the Arizona rushing attack to 2.0 yards per attempt. Beating the Giants inside is not easy, as their defensive tackles are sturdy against the run. Damon “Snacks” Harrison had three run stops and PFF has his run-stop total at an NFL-high 36. This would be the third consecutive season Harrison leads the league in run stops, and the fourth time in the past five years he has done so. Dalvin Tomlinson leads all rookie defensive linemen with 23 run stops.

Eli Manning threw for 262 yards, giving him 51,550 career passing yards, moving him past Hall of Famer John Elway and into sixth place on the NFL’s all-time list.

How bad is rookie kicker Aldrick Rosas? He is the first Giants kicker to miss at least seven field goals in a season in 12 years, since Jay Feeley went 35 for 42. Rosas is 16 for 23 this season and missed his only attempt against the Cardinals, going wide left from 33 yards away.