As we pointed out in Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast, the Giants opened the 2013 season 0-4 while surrendering a whopping 36.5 points per game with Hill under suspension. After Hill returned to the starting lineup in Week 5, the record improved to 7-5 behind an improved defense, allowing a more reasonable 19.5 points per game.
From the beginning of October through the end of the season, Hill earned a higher Pro Football Focus grade than any safety in the league.
At a time of the year when optimism is typically riding high, Hill isn't the only player facing tribulations.
Let's take a spin around the league: