Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
Participants: (Ends) Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka; (Tackles) Cullen Jenkins, Linval Joseph, Mike Paterson, Johnathan Hankins
The Giants’ defensive front was a big reason why Packers running back Eddie Lacy had just 27 yards on 14 carries.
Let’s start with Tuck, whose stat line of two tackles doesn’t begin to tell the story of his contributions.
He was a constant disruptive force who managed to get two hits on the quarterback, and he was effective in his edge rushes that hurried the quarterback into throwing the ball prematurely.
The biggest thing about Tuck is that despite facing solo blocking, these days he’s winning far more of those battles than he’s losing. As a result, the defensive line has been playing so much better of late.
Pierre-Paul’s pick-six, which he predicted before breaking the huddle, was one of those plays that happened so fast that you missed it if you blinked.
Credit Pierre-Paul, who was playing with a harness on his injured right shoulder, for fighting through the pain and getting his hands up and on the ball for what ultimately was the score that put the game away for the Giants.
Kiwanuka provided some solid run contain on the edges, where he didn’t let much get past him.
Moore was spotted on one play in the second half, and he did a nice job of rushing the quarterback. However, he ended up knocking down a teammate in pursuit after the pass was completed.
Jenkins continued to draw extra attention from opponents, which helped his linemates when they won their one-on-one battles. As he’s done most of this season, he controlled his gaps well and fought through blocks.
Joseph is another guy who doesn’t get the glory or the statistics, but he was exceptional in controlling his gap and taking away cutback lanes for Lacy to exploit.
Patterson finished with three assisted tackles. When he wasn’t shooting gaps, he was sitting back and creating congestion in between the tackles.
Hankins continues to earn snaps each week, and he’s showing himself to be worthy of them. He managed to hit the quarterback on a pass rush, and in run defense, he ate up space and flashed into plays.
Unit Grade: A