All is good again in the Big Apple. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon 24-10, to improve to 2-2 on the season.
After starting off the year at 0-2, which felt more like 0-10 the way the Giants lost those games, the G-Men have won two straight and are back in the NFC East division race.
A big reason for the Giants quick turnaround in the last two games, have been the play of their offensive and defensive lines.
Before the season began, everybody felt that the weakest link on the Giants, would be their play in the trenches.
So far this season though, the boys upfront on both sides for the Giants have been playing better than people are expecting.
The Giants offensive line has been doing a good job protecting quarterback Eli Manning.
Through four games, Manning has only been sacked three times. He was only sacked once against the Bills, who have one of the best pass rushing defenses in the league; showing how important it was for the Giants offensive line to do a good job protecting Manning all game long.
The Giants running game on offense has also been off to a decent start this season, thanks to the play of the offensive line.
The hogs upfront helped Big Blue rush for almost 100 yards in the win against the Bills. The offensive line has been getting a good push at the line of scrimmage and opening up running lanes consistently throughout the first four games of the season.
On the other side of the ball, the Big Blue defensive line has been playing outstanding football through the first quarter of the season.
A defensive line that people felt would be horrendous after Jason Pierre-Paul went down with a hand injury, after his fourth of July accident, has been solid group for the Giants defense.
In their win against the Bills, the defensive line racked up two sacks and were able to get pressure on Buffalo’s quarterback Tyrod Taylor all game long.
Players like Kerry Wynn, Cullen Jenkins, and Jonathan Hankins, have been playing great for the Giants in the trenches this season.
The Giants defense has even gotten great support from linebacker Devon Kennard and now turned two-way player fullback Nikita Whitlock, as pass rushers on the defensive line, giving Big Blue the ability to rush the passer effectively on 3rd and long situations.
The defensive line has also played really well against the run.
The Giants defense is currently ranked the best in the NFL against the run. They were ranked 30th against the run, last season.
We’re only a month into the season, but both the offensive and defensive line for the Giants, have shown not to be a weakness at all for the team this season.
If the Giants can continue to play well in the trenches the rest of the season, Big Blue will be contenders for the NFC East division crown in 2015.