The New York Giants have won four straight games. So, why are people still not considering them a real contender? It’s because they’re four opponents along this winning streak have been less than impressive.
The Giants ended their six-game losing streak with a win over the Josh Freeman-led Minnesota Vikings. Next, they took down rookie Matt Barkley and the Philadelphia Eagles. From there, New York beat a below-average Oakland Raiders team, and their most recent conquest was the Green Bay Packers, minus starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Seneca Wallace.
New York’s defense has looked much-improved in the last four games, and on Sunday, they will face their toughest test since embarking on their current winning streak. The Giants host Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys in a game that could put them in a tie for second place in the division, should they come away with the win.
There’s no question that people will start to take the Giants’ defense seriously with a convincing win on Sunday. Romo conducts an offense with a full arsenal of weapons, including the likes of DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and a finally healthy Miles Austin.
Dallas can be as an explosive an offense as there is in the NFL, which puts them into a whole different category from New York’s recent opponents.
Antrel Rolle and Jason Pierre-Paul, New York’s two biggest playmakers on the defensive unit, are red hot and have been instrumental during this defensive surge. Jon Beason and Will Hill have also been shots of adrenaline since joining the team mid-season.
A consistent pass rush will be crucial for the Giants, who cannot allow Romo to get comfortable in the pocket. New York will look to add to their sack total, which is an impressive seven sacks over the last two games.
Different parts of the Giants’ defense have played well at different points of the year. Now, they are starting to come together and play like a defense New York has been accustomed to in recent years. On Sunday, we’ll see if the past four games have been a fluke or if this Big Blue defense is for real.