4 reasons the NY Giants take down the Jets on Sunday

The G-Men should improve to 3-5 on Sunday
Washington Commanders v New York Giants
Washington Commanders v New York Giants / Lauren Leigh Bacho/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 4
Next

1. Big Blue's defense is scorching hot

Wink's defense was supposed to be the strength of Big Blue this season, but they struggled out of the gates. Those struggles are in the rearview mirror now, as the Giants defense has given up just 21 points in the last two weeks.

All signs are pointing upward for this defense, and their hot stretch does not seem to be coming to a stop anytime soon. After not forcing a turnover through four games, New York has forced seven over the last three weeks.

Big Blue's front seven dominated Buffalo and followed that up with a six-sack performance against Washington. Dexter Lawrence is PFF's No. 2 ranked interior defensive lineman this season, Kayvon Thibodeaux has 5.5 sacks, tied for ninth most in the NFL, and Leonard Williams has regained his peak form, evident by his blocked field goal in last week's win.

In the middle of Big Blue's defense, Micah McFadden and Bobby Okereke have been nothing short of spectacular of late. McFadden recorded the highest PFF grade among NFL linebackers in Week 7, while Okereke recorded the sixth-best in Week 6 for his superb performance in Buffalo. Okereke has been all over the field and leads the Giants in pressures. He had an interception in Miami, helped force another one, and assisted McFadden's interception in Buffalo.

New York's secondary has come alive thanks to Deonte Banks, who has played like a shutdown corner recently and recorded his first interception last week by baiting Sam Howell into making a throw he had no room to make.

Jason Pinnock had a pick-six from the safety spot against Miami and has been a superb find by Joe Schoen. Sunday is a revenge game for Pinnock, drafted by the Jets but waived after training camp last summer.

The Jets offense averages 18.8 points per game and only throws for 159.5 yards per game, which is the fewest in the league. Wink's defense should be dominant in this one.

manual