The Giants offense made the headlines yesterday, and rightfully so.
But let’s not look past the success the team enjoyed on the defensive side of the balls.
Drew Brees,who entered Sunday’s action as undefeated against the G-Men with an 11-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio, was held to one touchdown and two interception.
It was Brees’ first interceptions against New York, and along with fumbles by Marques Colston and Jed Collins, led to 17 points off of turnovers.
Both picks were complimentary of Stevie Brown, who upped his season total to seven. Brown also forced Colston’s fumble.
“We need to come out there and make sure we’re always physical,” Brown said after the game. “And make sure that we’re always trying to go out there and get the ball, create turnovers and things like that. So, it was definitely a start.”
In all, Brees did throw for 354 yards — the Giants’ secondary does have a tendency to allow the big play to materialize downfield. The biggest thorn in the defense’s side was Joseph Morgan, who only caught two passes but tallied 106 yards.
One blemish on what was otherwise a stellar night for the Giants’ pass defense was a positive sign as the team prepares for its final three games.
“The safety group that we have is playing lights out,” said Will Hill, who was filling in for Kenny Phillips. “Antrel came to us yesterday and was like, ‘Yo, let the dog out, let the dog out.’ He’s a veteran in the locker room, and I’m grateful to be here and I owed him that to go out and play like that dog he was asking for.”
The concern going forward is whether the Giants can effectively establish a pass rush on a consistent week-to-week basis. Brees’ jersey was dirtied just once yesterday.
Despite the record, New Orleans still features one of the league’s top offenses, so holding them to only a handful of big plays and forcing four turnovers is certainly a positive takeaway.
However, 27 points is 27 points — not very Giant-esque. But if the secondary and line can click at the same time, the Giants may find themselves in playoff form.
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