For the first time in years, the New York Giants are winning because of—rather than in spite of—their defense.
It happened when they limited Drew Brees and the high-powered New Orleans Saints to just 288 yards and 13 points in Week 2. The Saints have scored at least 21 points in every other game they've played this season and have the league's second-highest-scoring offense.
It happened in London three weeks ago, when New York held the Los Angeles Rams scoreless for the final 50 minutes and gave up just 10 points in total. It wasn't good on the offensive side of the ball that day, but it didn't matter because the defense had four takeaways and scored on a pick-six—enough for a one-score victory.
And it happened again Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, with that revamped defense forcing seven Cincinnati punts and holding the Bengals scoreless on their final five possessions in a 21-20 victory .