Pro Football Focus, the statistical bottom-line website, gave the Giants' offensive line high grades for their performance vs Houston on Sunday.
[sny-box]Offensive Line, +7.2 run blocking
Breakdown: Having to contend with J.J. Watt, you’d forgive New York’s offensive line for having a down day. But outside of a few splash plays by Watt, the starting five more than held their own. Much of that was generated with careful scheming that minimized his influence, providing linemen with leverage or simply running away from him. Consistency was the name of the game on Sunday, as the Giants averaged 4.9 yards per carry without a single run over 18 yards.
Signature Stat: All five starters graded positively in the run game.
PFF Game Ball: He was perfect in pass protection and exhibited good push in the run game. Is this the 2012 version of Will Beatty (+3.1) that we’re seeing this year?[/sny-box]
Head coach Tom Coughlin believes the patience might be paying off.
"There were some new positions and new people deep into the training camp who were pressed into service at spots that we were in, so we heavily scrutinized that group," Coughlin said on his Monday conference call. "I do see us improving, little by little. So that being the case, we always try to create depth and have people that are ready to go, but this group has gone through some difficult times and some not so good times, and do have something to show for the other day and I was pleased with that."
The line of Beatty at LT, Justin Pugh at RT, JD Walton at center and Weston Richburg and John Jerry at guard played all 71 offensive snaps on Sunday.
"Like I always say, we’ve got a bunch of fighters in that offensive line room," Pugh said after the game. "I know people doubt us, and then that’s something that, there’s beauty in that. Then you go out there and you’re going to work hard and keep doing the things that you know will be successful on Sunday. And they’re little things of the week. I think we had a great week of practice, and that carried over into today."
Pugh began the game getting pushed around by Watt, but he righted himself and hung in against the he game's best defensive lineman.
"I liked the way he prepared himself," Coughlin said of Pugh. "He gave great respect to Watt, who is an outstanding player. A guy who has a great motor and they utilized him in a lot of different positions. He did have, whether you are right in your charting or not, I am not sure, but [Watt] did end up ,as predicted, with his alignment to the left. A lot of it was out there at the end position. Some was inside in the sub-package, but I liked the way Justin prepared. I like the competitor in him and I liked the way that materialized. I didn’t like the sack so early in the game. Nevertheless he didn’t let that get him down and he rebounded from it and played physical the whole day."