The New York Giants' defensive line is in a slump.
The sacks and quarterback hits that marked the line's performance in the run to the Super Bowl last season have become few and far between.
For the season, the group that features All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and two-time Pro Bowl ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora has been limited to eight sacks and 14 overall quarterback hits in five games.
That's less than two sacks a game and less than three hits. The goal for the team is a combined 10 - a game.
It's no surprise that the Giants (3-2) and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell have had to answer a lot of questions about the rush heading into Sunday's showdown with the 49ers (4-1) in San Francisco.
''What I am tired of, is you all asking about it,'' Tuck said of the lack of sacks and quarterback hits. ''Am I concerned? No!. As one of my great colleagues just told me, it's a waste of time to sit here and answer about it. We just have to go out there and play better. Tha...