Playing against an offense that was missing it's starting offensive tackles and wide receivers has it's benefits. Throw in a rookie QB with a sprained shoulder and a struggling rushing game, and your defense better throw a shutout, or damn near one. The Giants took full advantage of the Titans, allowing no points. The closest Tennessee offense came to scoring was in the second quarter when they drove to the Giants' 24 on a 13-play drive that ended with PK Ryan Succop missing a 42-yard FG attempt.
The Titans could only muster 207 total yards, which is the fewest by a Giants opponent since the Eagles gained 201 yards at Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2013. Their 61 rushing yards were the fewest by a Giants opponent since Green Bay ran for 55 yards on Nov. 17, 2013.
Tennessee only made 12 first downs, the fewest for a Giants opponent since Washington had 12 on Dec. 29, 2013.
he Giants’ defense registered eight sacks, the team’s highest sack total since it had 10 on Oct. 3, 2010 vs. Chicago. They had seven last week in Jacksonville and now have 34 for the year, matching their total for the entire 2013 season.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, rookie LB Devon Kennard and second-year DE Moore had two sacks each. LB Jameel McClain and recent free-agent pickup CB Mike Harris each had one.
DT Markus Kuhn scored a TD on a 26-yard fumble return in the first quarter. It was the Giants' first defensive touchdown of the season. hey last scored on defense on Dec. 22, 2013, when safety Will Hill scored on 38-yard interception return at Detroit. The Giants scored on a fumble return for the first time since Nov. 4, 2012, when linebacker Michael Boley scooped up the ball and ran 70 yards for a score vs. Pittsburgh.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and S Quintin Demps both had INTs. DRC's was a pick-six but the TD was nullified by a personal foul by Moore on the runback.
DL: With all the injuries, Cullen Jenkins started at LDE but only played 14 snaps. JPP, Moore and rookie Kerry Wynn rotated all afternoon. JPP had another strong outing (7 tackles, 2 sacks, FF). Moore had two tackles, both sacks. The bulk of the work at DT was handled by a five-man rotation. Tennessee was able to run the football on them. All in all, not much to dislike about the performance. Grade: A
LB: Anchored by MLB Jameel McClain (8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 QBH), who played every snap, the unit had an active day. Devon Kennard added six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. It was his second 2-sack game in as many weeks. Spencer Paysinger, filling in for the concussed Mark Herzlich, only played nine snaps. Grade: A
DB: Only allowed four plays of 20 yards or more and they all came after the game was out of hand. DRC, Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown played every snap. Chykie Brown played all but two and had a five-tackle game. Mike Harris was on the field for 50 of the 58 defensive plays and had a sack. Grade: A