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Safety Xavier McKinney getting healthy is the most encouraging story line on defense heading into the postseason

John Schmeelk: Fiction – Adoree Jackson’s health is the most important and encouraging story line for the Giants’ defense heading into the playoffs. With a likely first-round playoff matchup against the Vikings looming, he will be needed in the worst way to help cover Justin Jefferson, who is probably the best wide receiver in the NFL. You need good man cover cornerbacks in Wink Martindale’s defense, and Jackson is the best player at it on the roster.

Dan Salomone: Fact – He wasn’t the sole reason, but it’s no coincidence that the Giants’ post-bye week slump coincided with McKinney’s absence. The team is 7-2 with him on the field and 2-4-1 with him off it this season.

Lance Medow: Fiction – Xavier McKinney returning to the field last Sunday provided a nice boost for the defense but you can the same when Adoree Jackson gets back on the field as well; although let’s put Jackson’s potential return slightly ahead of McKinney given he’s one of the most experienced corners on the roster. Regardless of who the Giants see in the wild card round, they’ll be tested by opposing wide receivers and that’s where Jackson’s presence becomes extremely valuable. Even though he was listed as doubtful entering the Colts game last week, he’s been practicing on a limited basis so that’s encouraging with the postseason around the corner.

Matt Citak: Fact – McKinney made his long-awaited return to the field this past weekend and immediately made an impact. He finished second on the team with seven total tackles along with a pass breakup. The third-year safety is one of the most talented players on the defense, and having him back on the field provides a significant boost to the secondary. But equally as important are the returns of Adoree’ Jackson and Azeez Ojulari. The latter played just seven snaps after injuring his ankle in Week 16, but the fact that he was on the field at all is certainly an encouraging sign. If Jackson can also get back on the field either this weekend or next, the defense will be as close to full-health as it has been since the start of the season.

The offense not allowing a sack in two of the past three games is the unit’s most encouraging characterics

John Schmeelk: Fiction – This is encouraging, but the overall efficiency of the offense, and the offense’s ability to sustain drives is the bigger story. Yes, it is important they did not…

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