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First Quarter of the Season

With the Giants through the first quarter of their season, here is a look at where they rank looking at rush yards and pass yards per attempt on both sides of the ball:

Defense

Yards per pass attempt
Giants defensive rank: 10th, 6.5 YDS/A

Yards per rush attempt
Giants defensive rank: 13th, 3.8 YDS/A

Offense

Yards per pass attempt
Giants offensive rank: 8th, 7.8 YDS/A

Yards per rush attempt
Giants offensive rank: 7th, 4.7 YDS/A

The numbers indicate the Giants are one of the top twelve teams in the NFL, yet with their play on the field, they are still very much an enigma. In week one they beat what could be one of the worst teams in the league, then followed that up by getting beat by one of the best teams in the league. Clearly they are somewhere in between. Against the Bears, a team at the time that was 3-0, lead by one of the most potent passing attacks through the first three weeks of the season, the defensive line was able to neutralize Cutler with a relentless pass rush. Eight of their ten sacks came from just a four man rush.

Today is Houston, they face a team that is better than the Bears, and probably slightly worse than the Colts. Since Shaub began starting for the Texans in 2007, they are 17-9 at home. If the Giants can find their "Road Warrior" mentality from 2007, and beat the Texans this afternoon at Reliant Stadium, we will have a better feel for where this teams stacks up against the rest of the NFL.

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