#3.) Joey Bosa v. Giants - 6 tackles, 2 sacks, TFL, forced fumble
Giants fans might want to look away once again for this next defensive performance as we come right back to the Chargers’ first win of the ‘17 season.
For the #4 performance, Melvin Ingram was highlighted as he harassed Eli Manning from the first whistle to the last. In this case, we’re going to be highlighting the action on the other side of the defensive line as Joey Bosa had himself a busy day against Big Blue, as well.
It only took about four minutes into the game for the big bear to put a highlight onto the stat sheet. On a 3rd & 10 during the Giants’ first possession of the game, Bosa decided to test the right tackle on an outside speed rush. As Manning felt the pressure, he stepped up into the pocket and drifted to Bosa’s side. This made it all too easy for #99 to stick his foot in the ground and come back to level the poor quarterback from behind.
On the very next possession, Bosa whipped the right tackle once again as he collected his second sack of the day as he used his giant mitt to reach through two blockers and strip the ball from Manning’s hands. The quarterback was able to fall on the ball but a punt ensued. Within just the first 10 minutes of the game, Bosa came up with two drive-killing plays in as many possessions.
Bosa collected his first tackle-for-loss early in the second quarter as the Giants decided it was a good idea to let rookie TE/Big Slot WR Evan Engram block him all by himself. This went about as expected. Bosa beat Engram off the line and simply followed in the right tackle’s back pocket until he was in the face of rookie running back Wayne Gallman.
A few minutes later on a 2nd & 10, Bosa walloped Manning on an inside stunt that caused an incompletion to the flat.
The rest of the game was a bit quieter for the second-year defensive end, but his earlier impact payed huge dividends as Melvin Ingram and the rest of the defense continued to make plays down the stretch which ultimately secured the close victory against Manning and co.