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Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon vow to 'finish' games

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Here's the downside of investing $200 million in free agency and breaking the bank on a high-upside defensive end: People will want sacks.

When it comes to the New York Giants, a majority of fans don't care that Olivier Vernon is playing the run better than almost any defensive end in football this season, and that Pierre-Paul is still putting the kind of pressure on quarterbacks consistent with that of a top 15 defensive end.

Each of them have one sack apiece and they are not rolling backfields like the mid-80s Bears, so the experiment must be a failure.

"We just have to finish," Jason Pierre-Paul said Thursday, via the team's official site. "We just have to finish as a group defense-wise. Starting with myself. Giving more effort. Just finish."

He added: "To me, it's not even about sacks, to tell you the truth. Yes, it's nice to have, but in reality when you look at the games, we've been close. We just have to finish with the sack numbers. Our defense has been playing pretty well. We just have to get there and finish. I'm not talking about the D-line, I'm talking about as a group. Tackle better. We have done a poor job tackling. That's every guy on the team, including myself. We just have to get better. That's why we went out there using shoulder pads today. We just have to finish."

The Giants have far bigger issues defensively than their line, which was actually a sound investment by general manager Jerry Reese. None of their linebackers are covering particularly well and we've seen some uncharacteristically weak starts from cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The defense has the third-worst third down-conversion-against rate in the NFL (45.7) and are allowing more than 20 first downs per game. That is indicative of much larger issues when it comes to this defense.

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