The Giants defensive front was the most overhyped unit the NFL last season. But in 2010 they are finally coming into their own. Tuck, Umenyiora, Canty and Cofield are all having excellent seasons so far and now with some added confidence and a couple of dominant performances under their belts, opposing offenses have the right to remain scared. Anything they say can and will be used against them on the gridiron.
And, oh yeah, there’s also that Kiwanuka guy. Sidelined with a neck issue but hopeful to return Sunday against Detroit, Kiwanuka is in the category of “gravy.” The Giants don’t need any additional weapons on their defense, they clearly had enough firepowerer on thre field to crush the Bears and Texans over the last few weeks. But you can never have too much of a good thing. Kiwi can make a positive impact on his own, or give some rest to teammates or even distract offenses from one of his linemates.
Keith Bulluck is also in that “gravy” category. Giants fans have not been able to get a taste of the leadership and toughness that made the linebacker a force in Tennessee for years due to an injured toe. Once the Giants add him into the mix, whenever he gets well, there wont be a huge amount of pressure and expectations on Bulluck, he can just sort of fit in and hopefully surprise some people.
Kind of like Kenny Phillips, defintely the most talented safety on the team, who, while slowly recovering from an injury, has gotten to ease gradually back into his role on the team due to the stellar play of the teams other two safeties, Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant.
The Lions have some weapons on offense; receiver Calvin Johnson is a legit threat, QB Shawn Hill played great lasst week and rookie RB Jahvid Best has looked great so far this season as well. But if you buy that the Giants dominating D will prevent the Lions from building up a big lead, then you gotta also think the Giants offense will be able to rack up enough of their own points against a Lions defense that ranks close to the bottom of the league in numerous categories. And since the Lions D has proven susceptible to the big play this year, ya gotta think that Eli will be able to light it up, particularly if they have a nice lead and can afford to open up the playbook and gamble a little.
Anything less than a solid victory Sunday will be a big step backwards fro Big Blue.
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Written by Mark Reichman