Blocking Geno Atkins
Geno Atkins, the 2010 fourth-round pick, currently leads all defensive tackles in our Pass Rushing Productivity Signature Stat (9.7%). Atkins isnít a one-trick pony, though, as heís also fourth in Run Stop Percentage among DTs with 16 stops, making it no surprise that he made our Mid-Season All-AFC North Team. In his worst pass-rushing performance by far, the Broncos limited him to only one hurry last week, though Peyton Manning has a tendency to do that to opposing defenses.
Atkins primarily lines up at right or left defensive tackle and could get a shot at every Giants offensive lineman. LT William Beatty should be the biggest challenge as heís allowed only one sack and no other hits, but that one sack was concerning ó it happened with 5:14 left in the Redskins game where Rob Jackson, who has no other sacks and only one hit on the year, gave him a stutter step move before putting him on the ground en route to Eli.
Beatty also happens to be our fifth-highest rated tackle in the league in terms of run blocking (+7.8). The weakest links on this line are center David Baas and former LT-turned-RT David Diehl, a name PFF readers will no doubt recognize. Baas has been an asset in the ground game, but not in pass protection, allowing a sack, 10 hurries and six QB hits (one to Barry Cofield which wonít show up on the stat sheet because of an offensive holding flag on the play). Diehl somehow managed to wrestle his job back from Sean Locklear, who was responsible for only three hits and 17 hurries in 481 snaps at RT. The long-tenured Giant repaid the coaching staff for their confidence in him by allowing a hit, two hurries and a sack on what would be the Giantsí last offensive play of the game last week. RG Chris Snee (also known as Tom Coughlinís son-in-law) has rebounded after a disappointing 2011, while LG Kevin Boothe has been serviceable at best. They will all have their hands full with Geno.