With the way the NY Giants have been playing over the last month, it’s tough to have any positives from the team’s showings. However, we’ve simply got to show some love to pass-rusher Azeez Ojulari, who was finally able to make his return to the gridiron in Week 13 against the Washington Commanders.
On Sunday against the Eagles, Ojulari was once again in action and he was downright superb. While you don’t give a ‘game ball’ to someone on a team who lost 48-22, Ojulari was 100 percent deserving of one. He was the lone bright spot for the Giants against Philly, finishing with two sacks of Jalen Hurts.
Azeez Ojulari has three sacks in his last two games for the Giants
Ojulari posted four total tackles and his two sacks against the Eagles. This comes after he posted a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Commanders the previous week. After his monster rookie season, this is exactly the kind of play we were expecting to see from the standout playmaker.
Injuries have prevented Ojulari from having the kind of breakout campaign people expected him to record, but his return has come at the right time for the Giants. The only thing that sucks for Big Blue is that Ojulari’s fantastic play has come during a 20-20 tie with Washington, and the terrible loss to the Eagles on Sunday.
With Ojulari healthy, however, he and Kayvon Thibodeaux can be a dynamic duo for the final four games of the season. Come Sunday night against Washington, it goes without saying, but the Giants are in must-win mode.
With the two teams at 7-5-1, this contest very well could determine who ends up grabbing an NFC Wild Card spot. With the Seahawks and Lions also knocking on the door, it doesn’t seem likely that both Washington and NY both see the postseason.
Ojulari knows the pressure will be on and he’ll be ready to deliver in the same way he has in the past two games for Wink Martindale. We can only hope some of his teammates can answer the call as well.