Despite losing 2010 starting linebackers Jonathan Goff and Keith Bulluck and Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora (for a couple weeks) and Barry Cofield (to free agency), the Giants defensive front has played much better than expected.
Greg Jones, who is getting the start at middle linebacker after Goff tore his ACL, made a great stop on the Rams' first drive that ultimately led to a Rams field goal. The red-zone defense was the story tonight.
The defensive line has been dominant despite those losses mentioned above and were even good in the loss last week without captain Justin Tuck.
The defense is playing much better than anyone could have expected, despite the fact that they've given up 300 yards passing in consecutive weeks. With the injuries they've sustained, we should have expected some growing pains.
If Perry Fewell can somehow figure out his secondary, this defense can still be a great unit.