Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Help on the way for Giants' secondary
By Dan Graziano
The best news for the beleaguered New York Giants' secondary is that they're done, for now, with a run of games against the league's best and most varied passing offenses. After three straight games against the Saints, Packers and Cowboys, the Washington Redskins could feel like something of a breather for a Giants' defense that has allowed a stunning 121 points and 1,337 passing yards over its last three games. But the Redskins haven't been rolling over. Even after losing his starting left tackle and top receiver to suspensions last week, Washington quarterback Rex Grossman threw for 252 yards last week against the Patriots.
So the second-best news for the Giants' secondary is that its best safety, Kenny Phillips, appears set to return from the knee injury that kept him out of Sunday's game in Dallas. Per ESPNNewYork.com:
With a big divisional game on tap for Sunday, as the Giants can ensure that they will be playing for the divisional title on Jan. 1 with a win, Phillips expects that he will be back in his starting spot at strong safety against Washington.
Phillips is third on the team with 67 total tackles.
"Can't sit this one out, won't happen," Phillips said.
Phillips has been a key contributor in run support as well as in coverage this season, and while the Giants weren't exactly locking teams down while he was in there, Grossman isn't Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, either, and Phillips' return should give the Giants a chance to play the kind of confidence-building defensive game they need to play as they head into this critical season-ending three-game stretch. One game in which the Giants get to play defense the way they feel they can and should play it would set the Giants up nicely for the Christmas Even game against the Jets and the Jan. 1 rematch with the Cowboys. If the Redskins light them up, even if Eli Manning comes back again and fixes it all, the worries about the coverage will reach new heights.