Is the Giants defense overrated?
Posted Sep. 11 at 11:59 AM
The New York Giants have a great reputation on defense. It’s a unit that’s helped them win two Super Bowls in the last five years. It came up big in both of those games, and also contributed to big wins on the road to get to those games.
It’s a group with a bunch of great pass rushers – Jason Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul.
But is the actually a true, elite unit?
More specifically, is it a unit we should all be avoiding when submitting fantasy lineups? If you have Doug Martin this week, for example, do you hold him out to avoid having him running against the Giants?
The numbers say no. Hell no, in fact.
Only once in the last nine years have the Giants ranked better than 14th in scoring defense. In five of the past six years, they’ve been below-average.
During their current five-year run, with the two Super Bowls, only eight teams have allowed more points than the Giants.
It’s a unit, apparently, with a knack for coming up big in specific postseason games. It’s come up big at the key times on the big stage.
But this is not a great unit that we should be avoiding over a 17-week regular season.
BEST DEFENSES, LAST FIVE YEARS
(Average points per game since 2007).
19.0 New England
19.6 Green Bay
20.0 San Francisco
20.1 NY Jets
20.6 San Diego
22.1 New Orleans
22.6 Tampa Bay
22.7 NY Giants
23.3 Kansas City
25.9 St. Louis
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