With the offense on the verge of coming together, the defense and special teams are coming under more scrutiny.
After getting torched in Week 1 by the Lions, the Giants' defense has stiffened up, allowing just 10 first half points the past two games. In the second half of those games, however, the defense looked tired, yielding big plays, keeping the opponent alive.
Against Arizona, the Giants gave up the final 15 points in a 25-14 loss. In the game, the Cardinals scored six points off turnovers and another six on a punt return. They also had long scoring drives of 11 and 13 plays.
In Sunday's 30-17 win over the Texans, the Blue took a 17-0 lead into the second half, but were outscored, 17-13, the rest of the way. Five big plays by the Texans showed some dents in the Giants' defensive armor:
49 yards: 1-10-HST 32 (4:20 4Q) (No Huddle, Shotgun) R.Fitzpatrick pass deep left to D.Hopkins to NYG 19 for 49 yards
46 yards: 2-8-HST 9 (3:41 3Q)) A.Blue left guard to NYG 45 for 46 yards
44 yards: 2-9-NYG 44 (2:21 3Q) (Shotgun) R.Fitzpatrick pass deep middle to D.Johnson for 44 yards, Touchdown.
"Very much so," said DC Perry Fewell when asked if he was concerned about the big plays. "That is something that we constantly work on, as well as the turnovers. We are constantly trying to limit the big plays in the football game. If we can do that, we can be a really good defense, not only in the passing game, but also in the run game."
Yes, some of this can be attributed to garbage time, but there is some concern over the overall stability of the Giants' back seven these days. With CB Walter Thurmond III (pec) out for the season, Zack Bowman (quad) hurting and S Stevie Brown not playing up to par, the secondary is suddenly vulnerable.
The LBs are short men as well. MLB Jon Beason (toe) in still battling his injury problems and could miss the Washington game tomorrow. Rookie LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), who added some-needed speed and energy to the defense, will not play again this week.
The Giants have won three of the past four vs the Redskins, but that is the past. Washington has a new head coach, Jay Gruden, and have scored 41 and 34 points respectively the past two weeks. QB Kirk Cousins, in for the injured RGIII, has a 105.1 QB rating. RB Alfred Morris is fourth in the NFL in rushing.
And lest we forget, Desean Jackson - Giant-killer extraordinaire - is now a Redskin.
This season, which started out with the offense on the run, could turn out to be the opposite of what everyone expected: strong offense, no-so-strong defense. That's why they play the games, folks.
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