30 January 2012

Super Bowl XLVI: Breaking down the Giants' Defense

As it is Super Bowl week this week in Indianapolis, we, and by we I mean me, will be taking a look at the offenses and defenses of both teams. This time, we are looking at the defense of the New York Giants. 

Points allowed per game: 25.0 (25th)
Yards allowed per game: 376.4 (27th)
Passing yards allowed per game: 255.1 (29th)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 121.2 (19th)

The Giants sure have one kick-ass defensive line with playmakers throughout. Jason Pierre-Paul really broke out and was a monster this season. He put it all together and was unstoppable this season, totalling 16.5 of the team's 48 sacks, which was third in the league. Osi Umenyiora came back with a strong season as well with nine sacks. Justin Tuck had some injury problems but he's also a very strong pass rushing threat as well. Chris Canty is a stud at tackle and Linval Joseph opposite him is a solid run stuffer.

New York also has two very good outside linebackers in Michael Boley and Mathias Kiwanuka. Boley is a very athletic type that knows how to find the football and his importance to the team was proven when the team struggled when he was out this season. Kiwanuka has really developed into a solid OLB and is very dangerous off the edge. The real hole of the defense is at middle linebacker, where there is no difference maker.

The secondary looks good on paper but they really got shredded this season, ranking a lowly 29th. The key for this defense against the Patriots is putting pressure on Tom Brady or else they will get torn up. They are praying that Rob Gronkowski will not be at 100% as well. 

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