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Giants want to score 28 per game: Can it happen?

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Giants general manager Jerry Reese seconded a notion passed along by his quarterback, Eli Manning: The Giants would like to score between 27 and 30 points per game this season.

"If you don't score 28 points, it's hard to win," Reese said, via Newsday.

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It's true in theory. The Giants have only lost two games since the beginning of the 2012 season when they've scored 28 or more.

But can it really happen?

The points per game benchmark was one of the minor tidbits that might get buried in a Reese press conference that dealt with bigger picture issues like Eli Manning ("the sky is the limit") and Jason Pierre-Paul.

However, in Ben McAdoo's first season as offensive coordinator, the team only scored 28 points or more in six games. One might argue that the team has gotten better with the return of Victor Cruz and the additions of James Jones and Shane Vereen in free agency.

The Giants will also go only as far as their offensive line will carry them. Right now, New York has a rookie -- albeit a potentially dominant one -- starting at left tackle. They're also in a near-constant shuffle elsewhere with former first-round pick Justin Pugh, now a guard.

The Giants have twice looked at recovering free agent tackle Jake Long, but have yet to sign him.

"We're going to keep our options open with respect to him as well," he said.

Reese also said that Will Beatty, the team's would-be left tackle who tore his pectoral before training camp, will play at some point this season. In the meantime, the Giants will have to hope for more rookie magic.

Keeping Manning upright and giving Vereen room to run are the true keys to an offense that can score 28 points a game. Odell Beckham, Cruz and Jones together sounds like a deadly combination. But right now, that's only true in theory.

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