MNF Review: Run-stopping linebackers
October, 22, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
The New York Giants shut out the Minnesota Vikings’ offense and held RB Adrian Peterson to 28 yards on 13 carries Monday night for their first win of the season. Why did the Minnesota ground game sputter? A few reasons: QB Josh Freeman getting his first start with the Vikings since signing midseason, a poor offensive line performance and poor receiver play. Add in Peterson’s hamstring injury and you're going to get an offense that looks like this one did Monday night.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell took advantage of these vulnerabilities with an excellent game plan that included eight- and nine-man fronts that made it tougher for the Vikings to get blockers on bodies. He also got a three-level effort from his players. The defensive line, led by left defensive end Justin Tuck, won one-on-one battles; the linebackers, led by middle linebacker Jon Beason, played downhill; and the secondary, led by strong safety Antrel Rolle, was highly involved.