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Giants’ Alec Ogletree, Saquon Barkley earn high grades in Week 13 win

The New York Giants stunned the Chicago Bears, 30-27, in overtime in Week 13, improving their record to 4-8 on the season and 3-1 since returning from their bye week.

The performance, despite the rollercoaster final minutes of regulation, was one of the best of the season for the Giants, who received strong contributions from their offense, defense and special teams.

Not surprisingly, linebacker Alec Ogletree, who recorded 11 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdowns on Sunday, led the way with a Pro Football Focus grade of 91.7.

While linebacker Olivier Vernon had two sacks, his run defense appeared lukewarm at best in Week 13. He seemed to crash down the line and blow contain on a number of plays, but PFF thought differently.

PFF put Vernon, as well as kicker Aldrick Rosas, on their Team of the Week.

Here are some additional defensive insights courtesy of PFF:

-The Giants veterans played well this week against Chicago. In coverage, LB Alec Ogletree had the second best Coverage Grade of his career with a 92.9 and CB Janoris Jenkins had the fourth highest Coverage Grade of his career with a 91.5. Ogletree had his first multi-interception game with two pivotal turnovers. Jenkins forced four incompletions which led the NFL in Week 13. In the pass rush, Olivier Vernon had his first multi-sack game of this season. His Pass-Rush Grade of 91.9 was the second highest among EDs this past week, only trailing Demarcus Lawrence who beat him out by 0.1 points.

– There were also some young players who shined on defense. DIs B.J. Hill and R.J. McIntosh were both productive as pass rushers. Hill’s Pass-Rush Grade of 87.4 and McIntosh’s Pass-Rush Grade of 86.8 ranked sixth and seventh among DIs in the NFL with at least 10 pass rushing snaps.

On the offensive side of the ball, rookie running back Saquon Barkley unsurprisingly led the way with a grade of 79.9.

Here are some additional offensive insights courtesy of PFF:

– Over the past three games, rookie RB Saquon Barkley has been elite! Over that time he has 90.1 Overall Grade and is the highest graded back in the NFL by over a full 6 points. While most the attention given to him will be on his performance as a runner, he deserves praise for how well he’s done as a pass blocker. He struggled in his the first eight games as he allowed seven pressures and three sacks. In the four games since, he hasn’t allowed a single pressure.

– It was another rough game for RT Chad Wheeler. His 44.5 Overall Grade marks the fourth time this season he’s had an Overall Grade below 50.0 as a starter. Since becoming the starting RT in Week 3, Wheeler as posted a 44.7 Overall Grade, which second worst in the league among OTs with a minimum of 146 snaps players over that period of time. He also has the worst Run-Block Grade with a 36.3 and has the fifth worst Pass-Block Grade with a 49.3. In this past game he allowed four total pressures, including two sacks.

All in all, these are some of the highest grades the Giants have seen this season.

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