If there's anything the NY Giants must work on before their Week 4 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, it's keeping their offensive line healthy and improving their defense. Things have to be cleaned up.
Through the season's first three games, opposing teams are averaging 32.6 points against the Giants. Big Blue's defense has given up at least 28 points to all three teams they have faced, which means defensive coordinator Wink Martindale must make changes before it becomes too late.
A reason for the G-Men's early defensive struggles could be their lack of experience in their secondary behind starting rookie cornerbacks Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins III - the Giants defense is yet to post an interception this season. However, there's another area that has fans quite disappointed: the tackling.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Giants missed 16 tackles against the 49ers on Thursday night. That's not a typo, folks: 16 missed tackles! In the TNF battle, the Giants struggled making easy stops and they allowed SF players break free for big gains. There's no excuse for this:
LB Micah McFadden is coming off his best game of the season
Although the Giants' defense has struggled tremendously, they still have time to figure it out and have the talent to string together a couple of good wins this season. In order for that to happen, the terrible tackling must be corrected. In Week 4, Seattle will make NY pay if they continue to look sluggish.
One reason for optimism could be the play of a young LB in Santa Clara. This season, Big Blue has been led by second-year linebacker Micah McFadden, leading the team in tackles with 26. From our chair, we love what we've seen from the 2022 fifth-round pick and hope he continues to perform well.
McFadden battled with Darrian Beavers throughout training camp for the starting inside linebacker job opposite Bobby Okereke. Through three games, McFadden had some ups and downs, including three missed tackles vs. the 49ers. However, overall, he was quite consistent vs. SF and he made some great plays against such a strong offense. This came after McFadden had a game to forget in Arizona.
During New York's 30-12 loss on Thursday night, the former Indiana Hoosier led the Giants in tackles for the second time in three weeks. Nine of McFadden's 10 tackles were solo, and four were tackles-for-loss. He was everywhere on the field and could not be stopped.
Let's hope McFadden can stay on track and improve on his consistency for Martindale. McFadden still has plenty of room to grow, but the exact same thing could be said about several guys on defense. They simply have to be better with tough games ahead.