Rushing defense shatters
The Giants’ defense was built by general manager Dave Gettleman primarily to stop the run, but that dam shattered on Sunday.
Entering Week 10 as the NFL’s eighth ranked rushing defense, allowing 94.7 yards per game, the Giants were gashed by Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, and perennial Giants killer Boston Scott for runs of 56, 14, and a pair of touchdowns.
The Eagles produced 156 rushing yards as a patchwork offensive line consistently bullied Dalvin Tomlison, Dexter Lawrence, and Leonard Williams off the line of scrimmage in the running game.
It wound up not mattering, but if the Giants are going to compete for the division championship and a possible playoff berth against backs like the Bengals’ Joe Mixon, Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott looming down the stretch, this is a worrisome area that needs shored up.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.