…the tackling issue from week four certainly carried into week five. The tackling needs to improve or the Giants risk giving up some big plays unnecessarily. The defense seems to be at its best when three or four guys are hustling to the ball and gang tackling.
…on a similar note, when teams out flank the Giants - using motion or heavy formations - they tend to struggle. I think it is a result of being able to get less bodies to the point of contact and being forced to rely on solo tackles.
…again with tackling in mind, guys need to do a much better job in pursuit. Rolle always seems to be hustling even when the play is on the other side of the field. He has made three or four tackles 30 yards down field this year because he does not quit. In particular among the secondary, Hill seems to have the most trouble getting back into the play. When guys get playing time - especially as a result of injury - they are not expected to be as good as the starter, but there is no excuse for a lack of effort.
…despite the occasional lack of hustle, Hill has been really effective the last few games because he give the defense a bigger body without losing any coverage ability. We've seen how teams pick on the Giants' linebackers when they are dropping into coverage (re: Blackburn on the first drive), so having Hill was a nice option. He will be tough to replace the next four weeks.
…enter Tyler Sash. With Hill out, I expect to see a lot more of Tryon in cover situations in the next four weeks, but it will be interesting to see if Sash can carry any of the load. The Giants have had a tendency to play a little too robotic, as if they are worried about messing up, which makes sense when you have a lot of backups in the mix. Hopefully Sash can break that trend.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Good idea of keeping track of double teams. Not surprised that Pierre-¨Paul is taking them but I would have thought that they were more than 6 DT a game.
I'm surprised to see Joseph at -1, he seemed to be the only guys doing anything in the middle.
This defense is awful right now, even though some of this can be blamed on injuries (Canty, Phillips, Boley, Rivers).
I can't say I feel good about tonight's game. The 49ers don't only have allowed 3 points over the last 2 games, they've also scored 85 !
That offense is good. I know people don't like Passer Rating, but I believe it's a good stat, not to rank QBs but to rank passing attacks/defenses.
Right now their Offensive PR is at 108, that's #1 in the league. On D they're at 76, only #10 in the league. Their PR differential of 31 is good for #3 behing ATL and HOU. We're #8, #15 and #8 respectively.
The key is pass protection. Manning got beat up last season in the NFC Championship game and managed to get the win. Yet the 48ers didn't have the same offense, scoring 20 points won't be enough this time.