Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul led the pass rush in the team's win against the Broncos on Sunday night.
Pierre-Paul entered Week 6 with just 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble through five games. However, he turned up the intensity in Denver as he led the Giants with three sacks and eight combined tackles while notching a forced fumble as well.
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Pierre-Paul's three sacks ties his career best that he put up against the Browns in Cleveland last season.
Though the defense had a big turnaround, JPP commended the offensive efforts of the Giants as they stepped up despite the losses of key components like Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall.
"The team was well balanced, man, especially the offense," Pierre-Paul told the NY Daily News' Pat Leonard. "You don't know what you're gonna get. Odell is a great player, Brandon Marshall's a great player, Shep was out, Dwayne was a great players. But I feel like it was balanced. You don't know what you're gonna get. It's just not on one guy. And I think they did a pretty good job."
The sacks were also personal for JPP as he honored a special fan with a celebratory dance following each big play. The lineman met 7-year-old Hayden of the Garden of Dreams foundation prior to the game, and Pierre-Paul was taught a dance by his fan. He said he would perform the dance -- not if -- but when he got a sack on Sunday.
"You know what? If I get a sack -- which I am gonna get a sack, I'm gonna do your dance," Pierre-Paul said.
Three sacks later, JPP was dancing with the rest of the Giants' defense as they played a vital role in upsetting the Broncos on the road for their first win of the season.
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This performance from JPP was just what the doctor ordered for a pass rush that has been non-existent to start off the season.
Olivier Vernon was out for the second straight week, and after a dismal performance against the Chargers last Sunday, someone needed to step up and put pressure on Trevor Siemian to give the defense an edge. Who better than JPP to come up with three sacks and a bunch of hurries to constantly force Siemian to run around frantically.
Pierre-Paul was a bully to Broncos G Menelik Watson to start the game, and after he went down with a calf injury, it was a pure mismatch with Billy Turner as his replacement. Just look at that third sack: He pushed Turner back off the snap, threw him to the inside, and got to Siemian before he could read any of his receivers.
This is the play the Giants expect from JPP after giving him his four-year, $62 million contract he earned. It is also good to see these numbers on his stat sheet considering he didn't display this production unless Week 11 last season when he notched 2.5 sacks against Chicago.
He followed up that Chicago game with three sacks and an interception in Cleveland. Let's hope JPP can produce those numbers against a tough Seahawks team at home next week.