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Justin Tuck brought down Ben Roethlisberger twice in Week 9.
Defensive end Justin Tuck may have just three sacks on the season, but that total places him only 3.5 sacks behind the team leader, Jason Pierre-Paul.
It’s well known that Pierre-Paul has the unmatched athleticism to take over the course of a single game, but if the team wants to survive long term, Tuck will need to drag the defense out of the quicksand it appears to be playing in.
The Giants play their best football when Tuck is healthy and on his game. New York’s defense has the chance to make a statement against Aaron Rodgers’s high-flying Packer offense after next Sunday, and Tuck should be the player that leads the defensive turnaround.
With safety Kenny Phillips eyeing down a return to action in Week 12, the Giants can experiment more with their three-safety look. With Phillips, Antrel Rolle and ball hawk Stevie Brown all patrolling the defensive backfield simultaneously, opposing passing attacks will face much stingier coverage, allowing more time for the rushers to reach the quarterback.
I am predicting that Tuck will come out of the bye week a rejuvenated defensive end. In New York's past 26 regular-season games, Tuck has only recorded eight sacks. But against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9, he had two in one game, proving that his QB-chasing skills have not completely diminished just yet.
I believe Tuck will seriously tap into those skills during the Giants’ final six games in 2012.