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Fact or Faction: Increased sack production in '15

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The Giants' leading rusher will have more yards than their leading receiver. **

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The Giants will be very egalitarian with their carries this year, and I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't have a 1000 yard back. Rashad Jennings has the best chance of getting to 1000 yards. I would be shocked and blown away if a Giants receiver didn't get to 1000 yards.


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DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -Aside from it being a passing league, the Giants have three receivers who are capable of having 1,000-yard seasons. Victor Cruz has two (and came two yards shy of a third in 2013), Odell Beckham Jr. did it last year as a rookie, and Rueben Randle put up 938 yards in 2014. Meanwhile, the Giants haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2012.

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LANCE MEDOW: Fiction -Dating back to the 2007 season this has only happened twice. In 2008, Brandon Jacobs (1,089) and Derrick Ward (1,025) both had more yards than Domenik Hixon (596) and, in 2010, Ahmad Bradshaw (1,235) outgained Hakeem Nicks. Keep in mind, in 2008, the Giants boasted the number one rushing attack in the league and, in 2010, they ranked sixth. Those two seasons the running game clearly set the tone. This season, I think the Giants will have more balance on offense especially in the backfield. With Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen all splitting the workload, I'd be very surprised if one of them collected more yards than the leading receiver, who should be able to reach at least 1,000 yards. Williams has played only one year in the league but neither he nor Jennings and Vereen have ever posted a 1,000 yard season.


DE Damontre Moore will double his 2014 sack total this season.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -With all the defensive ends on the roster, I'm not sure Moore will get enough reps on defense to get to 11 sacks for the season. He would have to have a ridiculous sack per snap rate which would put him superstar conversation.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -This is one of those situations where I wouldn't necessarily be surprised but you just have to see it first from him. He recorded 5.5 sacks last year in limited snaps and will need to keep earning the trust of coaches to get more time on the field. Meanwhile, I always think people underestimate just how difficult it is to get to double digits in sacks. Only 18 players did so in 2014, including Jason Pierre-Paul, who did it for the first time since his breakout 2011 campaign.
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LANCE MEDOW: Fiction -Damontre Moore went from having no sacks in 2013 to five and a half in 2014. Could he do that again in back to back seasons? That's going to be a very difficult feat to pull off considering Steve Spagnuolo likes to rotate his defensive linemen to help keep them fresh during a game. Plus, it's still not clear what Moore's role will be in this new defense. In his first two seasons in the league, he's been in the mix on passing downs but hasn't been used too much on early downs as he continues to develop into a consistent player in stopping the run. With too many questions at this point relating to his role on defense, expecting him to tally 11 sacks in 2015 is a bit of a stretch.

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The Giants' defense will rank in the top five in sacks.**

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Giants snuck into this tier last year with some late season production and with Steve Spagnuolo likely to blitz a bit more than the team last year, I think there's a good chance this

happens. The Giants also face some teams with quarterback questions this year (Jets, Bills, Redskins, Bucs), and those teams are often easier to compile sacks against. As much as offensive linemen help affect sack numbers, quarterbacks have a far great impact.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -They don't have Michael Strahan anymore, but Steve Spagnuolo is back as defensive coordinator. And we all know what that means. The Giants finished first and sixth, respectively, in Spagnuolo's first stint with the Giants in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, the emergences of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and linebacker Devon Kennard led to the Giants finishing fourth in that category last season.

LANCE MEDOW: Fact -In Steve Spagnuolo's first stint as defensive coordinator, the Giants ranked first in the league in sacks in 2007 (53) and sixth in 2008 (42). Yes, the players have changed so you can't take those numbers for granted but given Spags' aggressive approach, some depth on the defensive line and Devon Kennard's ability to get to the quarterback, I think having a top five total in the league is realistic. Last season, thanks to a real strong finish, the Giants finished fourth in sacks with 47. That was actually a common occurrence for New York during Perry Fewell's tenure. The Giants finished in the top five in sacks in three of his five seasons as defensive coordinator. Given that trend and Spags' track record, the odds are in favor of Big Blue that history will repeat itself.

It is better for a defense to have a player who leads the NFL in interceptions rather than sacks.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Giants snuck into this tier last year with some late season production and with Steve Spagnuolo likely to blitz a bit more than the team last year, I think there's a good chance this happens. The Giants also face some teams with quarterback questions this year (Jets, Bills, Redskins, Bucs), and those teams are often easier to compile sacks against. As much as offensive linemen help affect sack numbers, quarterbacks have a far great impact.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Over the last five seasons, four of the interception leader's teams made the playoffs. In that same span, only two of the sack leader's franchises advanced past the regular season.

LANCE MEDOW: Fact -All you have to do is look at last season. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston led the league in sacks with 22. Lions safety Glover Quin led the NFL in interceptions with 7. The latter's team made the playoffs, the former can't say the same. They're both key statistics but taking away the ball can do more damage than sacking the quarterback.

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