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Cheese Curds, 1/6: Giants' defense talks a big game before matchup with Packers

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Green Bay isn't paying any attention to the big talk coming out of the Big Apple.

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The New York Giants' strength this season has without question been their defense. That unit has allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL and the tenth-fewest yards, an impressive feat to be sure. Still, New York's run defense is statistically much better than its pass defense - the Giants have allowed the 3rd-fewest rushing yards compared to the 23rd-fewest (aka 10th-most) passing yards of any team in 2016.

So why are they calling themselves the "New York Pass Defense?"

It probably has something to do with the high level of success that they have had over the second half of the season, and in the last month in particular. The Giants have not allowed a team to pass for over 300 yards since the Eagles did it in week nine; furthermore, they have held two opponents in the last four games under 175 yards through the air (Dallas and Philadelphia).

Put another way, they have allowed just three of their last eight opponents to cross the 250-yard plateau, after allowing that number in six straight games from weeks 3 through 9.

Still, don't expect the Green Bay Packers to concern themselves with the Giants' big talk. After all, the Packers have a top-ten passing attack themselves, and Aaron Rodgers is on quite the hot streak.

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