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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – 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.