The New York Giants won their second straight game on Sunday on the back of yet another dominant performance from the defense.
New York’s defense surrendered a whopping 209 points through the first six weeks of the season. However, over the last two weeks, the Giants have allowed just 14 total points and neither touchdown was scored on the defense. Minnesota’s lone score on Monday night came on a punt return for a touchdown, and Philadelphia scored on a freak snap that sailed over punter Steve Weatherford‘s head.
The Giants defensive unit has pitched a shut out over the last nine quarters, which includes the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bears game. Sure, New York’s last two opponents have been the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles who have a combined four wins this season, but it is still an impressive feat nonetheless.
On Sunday, the defense recorded four sacks, which felt more like ten considering the team came in ranked last in the NFL with just six sacks on the season.
The defense has also been better at forcing turnovers. Against the Eagles, the Giants compiled two interceptions and a fumble recovery, bringing their total to five turnovers forced over the last two games.
Several factors have led to this resurgence. Jon Beason‘s arrival upgraded a struggling linebacker unit, and Antrel Rolle has seemingly returned to Pro Bowl form. Rolle now has an interception in each of the last two games and added a sack to his stat line on Sunday. Safety Will Hill is also quietly becoming a very solid addition to New York’s secondary.
The Giants get a rest this week with a bye and then return to action against the Oakland Raiders with the hope of extending this current win streak.