The Giants are facing the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL this weekend, which usually would be cause for a celebration. Not this year.
"You know how teams play against us," defensive end Osi Umenyiora said with a sigh Friday. "It's not going to be that type of party."
The once-dominant defensive front (and pass-rushing defensive ends in particular) has seen its sack numbers deflate this season. Umenyiora, who has been healthy and has played in every game, has only four sacks this season. Jason Pierre-Paul leads the team with 61/2. It might be tough to get anyone to double-digits in the category this season.
"Everybody goes into the games now knowing that if they're going to win, they have to prevent us from getting to the quarterback," Umenyiora said. "Sometimes they do a pretty good job of that."
Umenyiora said the Giants still have to fight through the short pass drops, quick passes and maximum protections that teams have used to neutralize the pass rush. And defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said last week that he would continue to "tinker" and try to get more pressure.
But the Giants apparently have resigned themselves to the idea that they will not be in the sack race this season, even against Aaron Rodgers, who has been brought down 32 times.
Frustrating? "For some of us it is because that's how we've made our names," Umenyiora said. "But at the end of the day, we still have to find a way to get it done . . . As long as we get pressure and quarterback hits, everything else will fall into place."