The New York Giants’ secondary goes by the name of “NYPD.”
The “New York Pass Defense” features Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, Pro Bowl cornerback Janoris Jenkins, NFL interceptions runner-up Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and first-round cornerback Eli Apple. Because of that group, the Giants enter Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers ranked second in opponent passer rating. The Giants and Broncos were the only teams with more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed.
“The fans actually came up with that,” Collins told reporters in New York on Wednesday. “We were trying to figure out what to call our group and they came up with that but we stuck to it. (Cornerbacks) coach (Tim) Walton is really the one that brings the name up all the time, so we stuck with it (and) we call ourselves the NYPD.”
That matchup against Green Bay’s high-powered passing offense could very well determine who wins this Wild Card showdown. Aaron Rodgers led the NFL in touchdown passes for the season and in passer rating during the six-game winning streak. They’ve averaged 34.3 points per game during the past four games, including matchups against the powerful defenses of the Seahawks and Vikings. While the Giants were the only team with two players in the top five in interceptions (Rodgers-Cromartie had six and Collins had five), the Packers had the NFL’s leader in touchdown receptions (Jordy Nelson, 14) and the runner-up (Davante Adams, 12).
“If that’s what they call themselves, that’s what they call themselves,” receiver Geronimo Allison said. “There probably won’t be too many handcuffs being passed out this Sunday. We’re going to be prepared for them. Whatever they throw at us, we’ll be prepared for it. We’re going to attack them at their weak points and we’re going to execute our game plan. We’re really not concerned about what they’re going to do to stop us. We’re going to execute our job and do it to the best of our ability.”
Fellow Adams said the “NYPD” -- which got two interceptions from Jenkins in the Week 5 matchup at Green Bay -- will be out of its jurisdiction.
“Well, we’re in Wisconsin,” Adams said, “so we don’t have to worry about that.”
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