Ryan Messick of Inside the Iggles has what looks to be a very complimentary post up today that highlights the Giants defensive accomplishments so far this season.
Despite all of the pressure the Giants have been getting, they haven’t been burned deep in the passing game, allowing the second fewest plays of 20 or more yards in the league, with just 21. The Eagles might not have any easier of a time on the ground, where the Giants are third in the league giving up only 83.3 yards per game.
That means the Eagles may have to grind out a tough one at home on Sunday night, but if the offense impresses against one of the league’s top defenses, the question of whether Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy can be stopped just might have an answer.
If the Eagles dominate like they did against the Redskins Monday night – I would be completely shocked. People forget that the Giants have not given up that many big plays this season — granted the Dallas game was an exception — but the secondary has been very very good compared to last year. C.C. Brown is no longer on the team, and Michael Johnson’s season was cut short as well…. the two biggest liabilities on the team were replaced with Antrel Rolle, Deon Grant, and Kenny Phillips. And of course Bill “Vanilla Cover-2″ Sheridan was replaced by Perry Fewell, a move that has been tremendous for this defense. We all know this of course as fans, but outside on-lookers tend to forget all the things that contributed to the defensive secondary’s sieve-like appearance last year.
In short, this ain’t the 2009 NY Giants defense heading to Philly Sunday night. I think the Giants have a shot to win that game — outright. Aside from being a top defense, the Giants offense is more than capable of getting into a shootout with Vick and the Eagles. We’ll see what shakes out this weekend but I’m glad the enemy at least is chronicling the things to be worried about as they get ready for their first matchup with the rival NY Giants.