Packers' pass rush can win game on its own against undermanned Giants O-line
The New York Giants can’t block. Not literally, of course. They have NFL players capable of the act of blocking, but they’ve been one of the worst blocking teams in the league through the first three months of the NFL season, especially protecting the quarterback.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers’ pass rush has taken over games of late, including games against some of the best offensive lines in the league. Rashan Gary, Kenny Clark, and Co. can win Sunday’s game against the Giants by themselves.
Let’s start with an important caveat: Quarterbacks drive sacks. Pressures are an offensive-line stat, but sacks are on the guy holding the ball. Tommy DeVito, the undrafted rookie signal-caller the Giants named as their starter this week, creates problems for an already porous group. In his 136 dropbacks, he’s been sacked an incredible 26 times. That’s just one of many reasons he’s second to last in success rate since Week 9.
In expected points added per play? He’s DFL.
But he’s not alone in New York. One never is in the city that never sleeps. But the Packers’ front will sleep like babies this week thinking about the league-high 69 sacks (nice) that the Giants have allowed this season. They’re so bad at allowing sacks -- they average almost six per game -- that the next worst team is giving up more than a sack fewer every game.
Six sacks per game!