It’s funny how long it can sometimes take for perception to catch up to reality in sports. Bengal fans experienced this firsthand in hearing national analysts still refer to Carson Palmer as one of the top quarterbacks in the league in his last few years in Cincinnati.
The same phenomenon can now be seen with the New York Giants on the defensive side of the ball. AJ Green said on Friday that he sees “holes” in the Giants defense. He is absolutely correct, despite New York’s reputation.
The Giants currently rank 25th in the NFL in yards allowed per game, and are 26th against the pass. Those numbers show just how much New York has struggled to contain opposing quarterbacks, especially given the Giants’ fierce pass rush.
There are some serious caveats at play here, however. Despite ranking as the eighth-worst defense in yards allowed, the Giants are actually tenth-best in points allowed. How has this happened? While the New York defenders may be giving up yards in bunches, they have forced turnovers like nobody’s business.