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Former Pro Bowl DE Jason Pierre-Paul feels he is getting closer to old form

  • New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin stands on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)The Associated Press

Seven games into a very disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling he's back.

The former Pro Bowl defensive end probably had his best game of the season Monday night in the Giants' 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Pierre-Paul's statistics weren't very impressive. He had two tackles, two quarterback hurries and defended a pass as the Giants (1-6) ended their worst start since 1976.

What the numbers don't show was that the 24-year-old, who had back surgery in June, was in the backfield more than he has been all season. By his count, he was near quarterback Josh Freeman nine times and had a chance for five sacks, four more than he has this season.