NY Giants: 3 of Dave Gettleman’s biggest acquisitions on defense deliver Joe Judge’s first win

Dexter Lawrence #97 of the New York Giants (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Dexter Lawrence #97 of the New York Giants (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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3 NY Giants defenders acquired by GM Dave Gettleman were instrumental in Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Washington Football Team

NY Giants General manager Dave Gettleman certainly deserves the lion’s share of blame for the current state of the franchise and its 1-5 start, but on Sunday it was three of Gettleman’s biggest additions to the defense over the past two offseasons that delivered a 20-19 win over the Washington Football Team.

With the offense once again grounded, as quarterback Daniel Jones was held to 112 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception, it was the Giants defense that powered Sunday’s victory, the first of new head coach Joe Judge’s tenure.

Outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell made the biggest play of the season, when he sacked Washington quarterback Kyle Allen, and forced a fumble that rookie Tae Crowder scooped and returned for a 43-yard touchdown to put the Giants ahead for good.

“Any time you can come out there and get a forced fumble and then get a touchdown,” Giants cornerback James Bradberry said. “Any time your defense can score, it’s a big momentum swing for your whole team. We needed that at the moment. I’m glad that we made that play.”

The Giants have a long way to go, and Gettleman has had more than his share of missteps as general manager, but it was three defensive players acquired by Gettleman who proved instrumental in Sunday’s victory.

Here’s a chronological rundown of how three of Gettleman’s marquee pickups on defense; cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Kyler Fackrell, and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence powered the Giants in Sunday’s win: