The Bye Week? The Rivalry? Pride?
Whatever the answer is for last night thrashing of the Green Bay Packers 38 to 10 doesn’t really matter at this point. Just bottle it up and feed the troops every Sunday.
The most impressive aspect of Sunday Night was how “swarming” the defense became whenever Aaron Rodgers handed off the ball to his backs or when he dropped back in the pocket.
The defensive lineman, linebackers and the defensive backs all crashed the ball carrier on every play, holding James Starks to 35 yards rushing and Alex Green to 30 yards rushing.
The much improved tackling also showed in the box score.
- Michael Boley – 7 tackles
- Kiwanuka – 6 tackles/2 sacks
- Antrel Rolle – 6 tackles
- Blackburn – 6 tackles/1 sack/1 pass Def
- Kenny Phillips – 5 tackles
A new wrinkle or maybe a forgotten one that was utilized Sunday night was to move Justin Tuck down inside with former defensive end, former linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. Rodgers had pressure in his face all day. The super human Rodgers looked…human.
While Osi Umenyiora had made little impact this season to date, he came out Sunday Night and showed that he is still one of the best speed rushers in the game. He is built like an outside linebacker at 255 and is often going up against players that outweigh him by 60 + pounds.
Watching Osi rip around the tackle and deliver his patent “tomahawk chop” was refreshing and one could expect a fumble will follow.
Rodgers was sacked 5 times: Kiwanuka (2), Blackburn (1) Canty (1) and Umenyiora (1).
In 2011 The New York Giants defense had 48 sacks at the end the season(3 a game average). In 2012 the Giants D has 30 sacks with 5 games left to play(2.7 a game). The world class defensive ends are starting to get in a rhythm, however, the production currently is coming from different places like Canty, Bernard, Joseph and Blackburn.
Perry Fewell, the Giants Defensive Coordinator also did a great job of having Rolle, Phillips and Brown on the field at the same time; however, the Giants lost No. 21 again as Kenny Phillips was struck with his second knee injury this year.
When there backs are against the wall…Big Blue responds. Even Corey Webster had a tackle and an interception.