In this day and age where perception seamlessly becomes reality, it's always beneficial to peek beyond the veneer and see what's really going on.
Such is the case of the Giants' offensive line, long maligned by critics, a unit that is suddenly rising up the rankings.
The Giants have protected Eli Manning fairly well, only alowing six sacks and nine QB hits. In the run game, however, they are lacking, averaging only 3.9 yards per carry, but that may be attributed to the injuries to Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen.
Pro Football Focus, considered one of the top NFL analytical sites on the net, beleives the Giants have the third best performing offensive line in the league after four games.
"There may be no bigger turnaround in performance from a season ago than that of Giants LT Ereck Flowers, who was disastrous as a rookie while struggling through an injury all year," writes Sam Monson. "In 2016, however, he has been impressive, allowing no sacks through four games and run blocking extremely well. Justin Pugh has become an All-Pro level guard, and currently leads the rankings at PFF with a 90.4 grade. The worst performer so far has been C Weston Richburg, but even he has been good as a pass blocker, allowing just a single total pressure (a sack); his run blocking, however, has left something to be desired (42.8 run-blocking grade)."
It's surprising that Richburg is the weak link thus far, considering he received high grades last season. Pugh has really upped his game and RG John Jerry has been solid. It was at the tackle position where the Giants had concerns coming into the season.
Flowers has been sloppy, drawing five penalties in the first four weeks, but his competitive nature has fed into that number. He's a fighter and needs seasoning. It appears he getting that and improves with each game. Bobby Hart has been filling in for the injured Marshall Newhouse. Hart has been steady and is also gaining more confidence with each passing week.
The reality is the Giants' offensive line is growing into what the front office hoped. They still could use upgrades and depth, but for now, they are not the Giants' worst unit anymore.