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Pat Shurmur speaks on the rare defensive success that the New York Giants saw in their Week 4 win over the Washington Redskins.

Thus far in the 2019 season, the New York Giants defense has been at the basement of the NFL. They allowed 94 points in their first three games, letting up 35 to the Cowboys, 28 to the Bills, and 31 to the Buccanneers. However, they certainly stepped it up in their Week 4 win over the Washington Redskins.

Big Blue only allowed three points to a Washington team led by both Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins. Redskins head coach Jay Gruden decided to make the switch at quarterback to the rookie Haskins prior to halftime. The Giants also only allowed 121 passing yards and 176 total yards. Defensive success is rare for this team, and head coach Pat Shurmur addressed that productive side of the ball after the game.

“We made a few tweaks on defense this week that really settled our guys down…We made improvements on the practice field that really showed up in the game,” Shurmur said, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Defensive players that really stepped up in the 24-3 win were cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who had two interceptions, safety Jabrill Peppers, who had a pick-six, and rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly. The latter racked up three tackles, one sack, and one interception prior to exiting the game with an injury.

New York is now 2-0 with their new rookie quarterback Daniel Jones at the helm. They’ve found themselves 2-2 heading into Week 5. The Giants will play host to the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.