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Inside the Numbers: O-Line impresses amid shuffling

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Neither team surrendered a quarterback sack in the Giants' 27-21 overtime victory against the Saints in New Orleans on Sunday. Keeping a quarterback off the ground for an entire game is always an impressive accomplishment, but it was particularly noteworthy given the state of the teams' offensive lines.

The Saints played without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead (elbow) and center Erik McCloy (calf), who missed the game with injuries.

And injured players forced the Giants had to reshuffle their line yet again. They started their fourth offensive line combination in as many games. The latest configuration included center Billy Price, guards Matt Skura and Will Hernandez and tackles Andrew Thomas and Nate Solder. Skura made his Giants debut. Hernandez and the tackles have started every game.

This season, the Giants have started eight different offensive linemen, the NFL's second-highest total behind the Philadelphia Eagles' nine. The eight starting linemen are the most the Giants have used through the first four games in a non-strike season since they started eight in 1982 (they had 12 starters through four games in 1987, but that included two strike replacement games).

The Giants have started a different player at left guard in each game – Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Ben Bredeson and Skura. Lemieux and Gates are out for the season and Bredeson missed the New Orleans game with a hand injury. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants last started a different player at an offensive line position in four consecutive games in 2016, when Justin Pugh, Brett Jones, Marshall Newhouse and Adam Gettis started in succession … at left guard. The Giants are the only team with four different starters at an offensive line position this season.

Since the start of the 2018 season, 19 different offensive linemen have started for the Giants, which is tied for the NFL's sixth-highest total.

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