Excerpt: "This morning, we wrote that the New York Giants offensive and defensive lines' improved play showed quite clearly in the 26-3 drubbing of the San Francisco 49ers. On Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News creditedMathias Kiwanuka's reinsertion into the defensive line for much of the turnaround.
Sound familiar? That's because last week we wrote in this space that the poor play of the front four and the glut of talent at linebacker made sliding Kiwi down a no-brainer. Looks like Perry Fewell is yet another loyal reader of Giants101.com (we kid, we kid).
More from Vacchiano, who points out that over the course of the season Kiwanuka was playing in less than half the defensive snaps given how often the Giants find themselves in a nickel defense in today's pass-happy NFL:On Sunday, however, he took 62% of the defensive snaps, including 22 at defensive end, 15 at defensive tackle and one as a linebacker standing at the line of scrimmage on the last play of the game. He had a sack and got good pressure both up the middle and around the end.
The Giants harassed Smith all day, sacking him six times, hitting him nine times and playing a big role in his uncharacteristic three interception performance. Previously, Big Blue had only eight sacks…through five games!" Read more...