Among the many things missing from the Giants this season has been dynamic play from defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who has been ordinary, at best, on the field this season after undergoing back surgery during the offseason.
Pierre-Paul and the Giants were on a bye this week and return to action against the Raiders this Sunday. Pierre-Paul said Wednesday that he feels like it is high time for him to “just go out there and handle my business,” but not before talking up all the things he’s going to do in Week 10 after failing to do them for most of the first eight weeks of the season.
“For the past three years, I’ve been rushing the passer, you just see fear in the quarterback’s eyes. You see fear in the tackle’s eyes. They respect me. They know when they hit the field, they have a problem. And this week, they’re gonna have a problem,” Pierre-Paul said, via the New York Daily News. “Come this Sunday, I’m rushing the passer, stopping the run. I’m gonna be all over that field. They better bring their ‘A’ game, that’s what I can tell you.”
The Giants’ defense has keyed their two-game winning streak and the unit would certainly benefit from a return to form for Pierre-Paul if they are going to continue pushing their way back from an 0-6 start to respectability and relevance in the NFC. Seeing as how the man predicting great pain for the Raiders said two weeks ago that he won’t be 100 percent until next season, however, it’s probably best to wait for him to actually play well rather than just take his word for it.