The defensive line of the New York Giants has always been known for its pass-rushing ability. The fact that the G-Men can pressure the opposing quarterback without having to resort to blitzes is a key facet of their defense.
In the playoffs, that skill will certainly come in handy.
Against likely playoff opponents Green Bay, New Orleans or San Francisco, the Giants will need to be able to get to the quarterback without sending extra rushers—something they should be able to accomplish.
And since the road to the Super Bowl will probably go through Green Bay, pressuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers without blitzing will be the game’s most important aspect.
All season, Giants defensive tackles Chris Canty and Linval Joseph have occupied central blockers, allowing defensive ends Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Pierre-Paul to have free reign on the edges.
The presence of the D-line for New York has led to 30 team sacks so far, nearly twice that of their opponents. Opposing quarterbacks take note; come playoff time, the Giants will be looking to boost those numbers.