So I decided to delve a little deeper then just your garden variety defense's overall ranking against the run , pass or total yards (which the Giants did very well in).
Here is a look at "3 and outs" and how impressive the G-Men really were with it. The rankings somewhat follow the rankings for the best defensive DVOA ratings, (Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average. Basically takes all factors into account. like weather,strength of opponent, fumbles kept or lost and so on). except that teams which get a lot of turnovers and sacks will generally rank lower on the frequency of three-and-outs. Pittsburgh's vaunted D, for example, was just average in three-and-outs per drive because of their high forced fumble and TO rate. The Giants are the exception to this rule because they led the league in generating turnovers and posted the 3rd best "3 n out"rating. Compared to Pitt ranking 17th in the same category.
Perry Fewell is known for his high TO rate, the whole D is based on it. But the fact that he has the Giants ranked 6th in "3 n outs" and 3rd in DVOA in his first season as D cord. is nothing short of remarkable.
With all the bitching and moaning about our LBs, Saftey's, Osi's inability to stop the run. TT's fugazi stats. A Ross sucking, Fewell had the Giants ranked 9th against the pass, 8th against the run, #1 in 3rd down %, tied for 2nd in sacks, 1st in TOs and 7th over all. Not sure what next yr will bring, but Fewell has us on track for a great season on this side of the ball. For how long do we get to keep him ? I can only hope.
Here's the Defensive company they keep. DVOA RANK IS THE MORE IMPRESSIVE OF THE 2.