The storyline of the team’s wins are centered around Daniel Jones improving his play, but the defense is what has been holding the team together since the start of the season.
The Giants defense currently ranks 12th in points allowed, giving up an average of 23.6 points to opposing teams this season.
In their last five games, however, this average is 20.6, a touchdown better than their first six-game average of 26.6 points. By limiting opponents to fewer points, the defense can make up for the inconsistent scoring on the offensive side and lead the team to a few more wins.
The defense is not filled by big-name players, but defensive lineman Leonard Williams, linebacker Blake Martinez, and cornerback James Bradberry have emerged as possible pro bowlers who have made plays for the team all season. Blake Martinez is currently tied for the 3rd most tackles in the league with 96 and James Bradberry is tied for the 8th most interceptions in the league with 3 takeaways.
The addition of Logan Ryan has also anchored the defense on the back end with an explosive safety that can make plays on the ball. Edge rusher, Oshane Ximines, is also set to return from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him since week four. Ximines can add another asset to the Giants pass rush, complimenting Williams and Dexter Lawrence.
Although the Giants defense has been keeping the team together with the first ten games, its biggest tests are still ahead against the dynamic Seahawks offense in week 13 and Kyler Murray and the Cardinals in week 14.
If the defense continues to perform well, the team may see themselves in the division lead and in the playoffs.
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