The New York Giants surrendered 16 completions on just 17 pass attempts to Robert Griffin III in the first half of their Week 13 matchup with the Washington Redskins. The second half was a different story, as the Giants sacked Griffin five times en route to victory, including four from Justin Tuck.
Tuck was a force to be reckoned with against the Redskins, as the Washington offensive line couldn’t handle him on the outside. The game was the highlight of a nice little hot streak for Tuck, where he was able to put together 7.5 sacks in just four games. With this surge in the second half of the season, Tuck has made a strong case for why the Giants should bring him back in the offseason.
Tuck has nine sacks on the year, which leads the Giants. Mathias Kiwanuka is second on the team with only six sacks. Another solid game from Tuck to finish out the year could do wonders for him, whether it is a contract offer from New York or another team. It should be even a little bit easier on the defensive end this time around, considering he’s chasing after Kirk Cousins, as opposed to a much more mobile Griffin.
Although the Giants aren’t playing for anything of substance on Sunday, it would be nice to see some improvements in areas where they have struggled for the majority of the season. The pass rush is one of those problem areas. Beyond Tuck, the Giants have really struggled to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t seem to be healthy for a second straight year, and his status may even be in question heading into next season. Bringing back Tuck is starting to look like more of a necessity after every successful game.