Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) catches a touchdown past New York Giants defensive back Trevin Wade (31) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
3. Can They Stop The Pass?
Notice a trend here?
The good: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is having a really nice year (3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles) and Landon Collins has shown some potential.
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The bad: the Giants rank dead last in the NFL in pass defense, and it’s not even close. Only the Giants and Raiders are averaging giving up more than 300 yards through the air to opponents, and opponents are doing it at a particularly efficient rate against the Giants: they’re completing 68.4 percent of their passes.
At the beginning of the year, I was more concerned with how many big plays the Giants would give up. I think that concern has shifted to just how many plays the Giants are allowing to develop. Underneath to intermediate passes have burned this team and exposed a secondary that was on shaky ground to start the year. If they are going to slow down the pass, they’ll need to straighten a few things out: improve the pass rush, get Prince Amukamara healthy, don’ leave receivers wide open, but they’re yet to really show they can do any of those things consistently. Spags and co. need to find a way to fix it.
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