Jabrill Peppers
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New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers believes the defense is closer to coming together after Thursday night’s loss to the Patriots.

The New York Giants have now dropped their second consecutive matchup. Big Blue was ousted by the defending champion New England Patriots on Thursday by a final score of 35-14. It’s a score that could provide the wrong look on how this Giants defense actually played though. In retrospect, New York only gave up two long drives that ended up in points.

They were the two possessions in which Tom Brady scored on quarterback sneaks. Other than that, points for New England came from a blocked punt returned for a score, a fumble recovery that was returned for a touchdown, and a Brandon Bolden touchdown that was set up by a Daniel Jones‘ interception. The drive on the latter score began near the Giants’ 20-yard line. Through it all, Giants safety Jabrill Peppers is confident in how the defense is coming together.

“We made a lot of plays on the ball,” Peppers said after the game. “We just gotta limit the big plays, missed tackles, and I think you’ll start to see the defense that the Giants are accustomed to.”

Peppers racked up 10 total tackles on the night.

Defensive standouts for New York included Alec Ogletree (12 tackles, one sack), David Mayo (12 tackles, 0.5 sacks), and Markus Golden (.5 sacks, fumble return for a touchdown).

The Giants are now 2-4 heading into an extended period of rest and recovery. Big Blue will take on the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 7 game on Sunday, Oct. 20.

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