Defense Rounding into Form for New York Giants
The New York Giants are on a winning streak, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7 to improve to 2-6. The Giants moved the ball fairly well offensively, but they failed to put the ball in the endzone, instead relying on five Josh Brown field goals. With the offense lacking points, it was the defense that stepped up for the second straight week for the Giants.
Antrel Rolle is one of the most vocal leaders for the Giants, and he has spoken several times this season about the need for the Giants to believe in and rely on each other and come together to improve their play. He led by example Sunday, recording 5 tackles, a sack and an interception in the victory.
The Giants as a whole played their best defensive game of the season, completely shutting down the Eagles at every turn. The Eagles could only muster 201 total yards, and the Giants had four sacks and three takeaways. The Giants held LeSean McCoy to just 3.2 YPC, and they didn’t allow DeSean Jackson to have a catch longer than 13 yards. The Eagles thrive on big plays, and the Giants were extremely successful in eliminating that threat.
Incredibly, the Giants are only two games out of first in the NFC East, and if the defense continues to play at this level they could make a run at the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants must get better production out of Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who have been very ineffective as pass rushers this season. However, there is still plenty of time left for them to find their form.
The secondary has been improving, and Jon Beason has proven to be a nice addition for the linebacking corps. These performances have not come against top notch offenses, but the defensive improvement is still noticeable from the first six weeks. The Giants must continue on this trajectory if they want to save their season.
The Giants still have the smallest sliver of hope this season, and their defense is the biggest reason why. They are finally finding their form, and an improved defense could be the catalyst for turning the Giants’ season around.