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Giants’ underrated, overlooked defense
It’s been difficult to find positives for the Giants, which is expected anytime a team is 1-5. However, the defense is sneaky good. It’s been overlooked and underrated this far (much like the loss of rookie linebackerTae Crowder to injured reserve is). Big Blue boasts the No. 12 total defense and is especially tough against the run (eighth), which will make things all the more arduous for the Eagles, who will be without Miles Sanders. Free-agent addition Blake Martinez is second in the NFL with 64 tackles and has a pair of sacks and five tackles for loss, as well. Leonard Williams has three six and six QB hits, Kyler Fackrell, who also has three sacks, is the only NFL player so far with a sack and an interception return for a touchdown and James Bradberry, who’s got a pair of picks, is leading the NFL with 10 passes defended. These are all statistical tidbits for individuals on a struggling team, but they’re also reason for optimism as the Giants move forward in this season and perhaps the next. And for a seemingly always hobbled Eagles offense, they’re also a reason to worry.
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