PFF takeaways from Week 4 win over Bears
The Giants put together a solid overall performance in their Week 4 win over the Bears.
The offense finished the game with 262 yards on the ground, while the defense picked up six sacks, doubling their total from the first three weeks combined. The Giants also forced three turnovers against Chicago, finishing the game with a +2 turnover differential.
Here are takeaways from Pro Football Focus from the Giants' third win of the season.
*Let's start on defense, where Dexter Lawrence had one of his most productive games as a Giant. The defensive lineman registered two sacks and finished the game with five total tackles (two solo). His eight total pressures tied for the most ever in a single game by a defender listed over 320 pounds, which helped him earn an elite 93.8 pass rush grade. Lawrence received a 92.7 overall grade on his 58 defensive snaps.
*Lawrence was named to PFF's Team of the Week for his performance against the Bears. His 90.0 overall grade on the year ranks 4th among interior defensive linemen, while his 90.8 pass rush mark leads the position.
*Jaylon Smith was signed to the practice squad less than two weeks ago, and in his first game of the season, the veteran linebacker shined. Smith had seven tackles (six solo), the second-most on the team, and added a tackle for loss and a pressure. Smith earned an 83.8 overall grade on 31 snaps. He also performed well on his 13 coverage snaps, where he allowed just one reception for -3 yards and got a 78.0 coverage grade.
*Veteran Fabian Moreau had another solid outing, picking up a 74.1 overall grade. He earned a 77.1 on 30 coverage snaps after he allowed just one reception on three targets, good for a passer rating against of 61.8, with two pass breakups. Fellow cornerback Darnay Holmes earned a 70.5 overall grade, including a 71.9 run defense mark.
*Moreau now ranks 10th among cornerbacks with his 76.8 overall grade on the season.
*Tae Crowder led the team with 11 tackles (seven solo) and added a sack and two quarterback hits. Crowder earned an impressive 89.4 pass rush grade and an overall grade of 69.9. His fellow inside linebacker Micah McFadden also picked up a solid 71.4 pass rush grade.
*Numerous defenders earned good tackling grades, including the following players - Dane Belton (81.9), Smith (80.8), Xavier McKinney (79.2), Moreau (75.7), Aaron Robinson (75.4), Holmes (74.3), Nick Williams (73.0), Kayvon Thibodeaux (72.8), Lawrence (72.1) and Tomon Fox (69.9).
View photos from the Giants' Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.
*On the offensive side of the ball, a familiar name sits at the top of the list for overall grades. For the fourth consecutive week, left tackle Andrew Thomas finished with the highest mark, earning an elite overall grade of 87.0. Thomas did not surrender a single pressure on 26 pass block snaps, which led the way to him receiving an 88.5 pass block grade. The left tackle also continued his excellent play in the run game, picking up an 84.3 run block grade.
*Thomas' 92.1 overall grade on the season is still the highest in the NFL among offensive linemen. He joins Lawrence on PFF's Team of the Week.
*Finishing second on the offense with an 85.8 overall grade was quarterback Daniel Jones. Prior to injuring his ankle, Jones completed eight of 13 passes for 71 yards. However, the fourth-year signal-caller truly made his presence felt in the run game. Jones rushed the ball six times for 68 yards, good for an average of 11.3 yards per carry, and scored both of the team's touchdowns. His 92.3 QBR was also the highest among all quarterbacks heading into Monday Night Football.
*The Giants got solid performances from their tight ends and fullback against the Bears. Chris Myarick led the way with his 73.9 overall grade. The fullback was used primarily as a blocker and earned a 71.9 grade on 27 run block snaps. Finishing right behind Myarick was Daniel Bellinger. The rookie tight end led the team with three receptions for 23 yards and earned a 73.0 overall grade, including a 73.3 pass block grade. Tanner Hudson rounded out the group with a solid 70.0 overall grade, including a strong 80.3 mark on 19 run block snaps.
*Hudson (77.6) has the second-highest run block grade among all tight ends this season. Myarick (69.1) ranks ninth while Bellinger (65.2) ranks 12th.
*Saquon Barkley picked up an 80.2 pass block grade on four snaps, which ranked as the second-highest mark on the team. Joshua Ezeudu (76.2 on five snaps), Mark Glowinski (75.1 on 21 snaps) and Jon Feliciano (73.5 on 26 snaps) also graded well in pass protection.
*Prior to leaving the game with a neck injury, right tackle Evan Neal did not surrender a single pressure on 21 pass block snaps.
*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay made an impact in the run game, picking up an impressive 82.8 grade on 15 run block snaps.