In many instances, however, statistics can be manipulated to give credence to any point trying to be made.
The New York Giants defense, which has made its reputation on sacking opposing quarterbacking, has just 15 sacks to their name in 2012, which is ranked dead last in the NFL.
Asked if the lack of numbers has tainted what the D-line is trying to defensively, defensive end Osi Umenyiora conceded there is not much anyone can do about it.
"We can say it till we’re blue in the face, but the only people who know and actually sit there and watch this for a living, we know exactly how it is that we’re actually affecting the quarterback and the teams that try and take us away," he said. "So at the end of the day sacks are what everybody looks at, so we have to find a way to get more."
In the last five games, New York has registered eight sacks, including six in its losses to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. In wins over Green Bay and New Orleans, the defensive combined for one sack.
Against Atlanta, which has allowed 24 sacks on Matt Ryan this year, Umenyiora sees opportunities for Big Blue to get back on track.
"(The Falcons offensive line) mixes it up. A lot of times they’ll leave you one on one. They chip sometimes. They slide the line," he said. "But we’ll have our opportunities to get there and I think we just have to take advantage of them."
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