#6 The defense is causing turnovers
Quite possibly one of the biggest surprises to come out of this season is just how well the Giants defense has played. They play hard, fast, and swarm to the ball. Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has his defense tricking opponents into how he wants them to play.
This is on the heels of a 2019 team which gave up the third most points in the NFL, with 451, and the third most points per game, with 28.2. They allowed 264.1 yards through the air per game and 113.3 yards on the ground each game.
Oh, they were also tied for last with a -17 turnover differential.
The defense of 2020 is a far different team. They are 12th in the league for points per game, with 23.6, 7th in rushing yards per game, with 100.9, and tied with the Baltimore Ravens for 7th in sacks, with 25.
But the biggest improvement is turnovers. The Giants are currently tied with the Dolphins and the Patriots for third place with 15 total takeaways. It gives them a dead even turnover differential, as Daniel Jones still works on that aspect of the game.
A team that loses the turnover battle typically loses the game. And the Giants are finally beginning to pull ahead.