Derek Newton and Jason Pierre-Paul have something in common: neither is worried much about the other.
When the Houston Texans right tackle was asked on Friday what he thinks of Pierre-Paul and the New York Giants defensive line they’ll face on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, he gave the same essential shrug that Pierre-Paul did when asked about Houston’s offense.
“They’ve got a pretty good defensive front,” Newton said. “At the same time, you know, we’re only worried about the Houston Texans. We had a great week of practice. We got walk-through in the morning. After walk-through, get our rest, we’re going to be ready to go on Sunday.”
It’s a similar message, albeit with more subtlety, to the one Pierre-Paul gave on Thursday when asked what concerns he had about the Texans offense.
“Uh, nothing,” Pierre-Paul said. “Yeah, I think we should be able to handle that offense. Nothing concerns me.”
It’s unlikely the two will go head-to-head on Sunday, with Pierre-Paul more likely to face left tackle Duane Brown for the majority of the afternoon.
Still, it should be a good matchup all the way around.
The Texans have one of only two NFL starting quarterbacks who haven’t been sacked and or thrown an interception, a distinction held by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
Pierre-Paul has 1.5 sacks this season, all from his work last week in New York’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals and backup quarterback Drew Stanton. Overall, the Giants have five sacks this season, tied with five other teams for 10th in the NFL.
Newton has through two weeks graded out as the second-best tackle in football, via advanced stats site Pro Football Focus, particularly for his run blocking.
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