The New York Giants will take their show on the road this weekend, to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. The Falcons will have a little bit of revenge on their mind for this game, considering what the Giants did to them in the playoffs last season. There’s also other questions about them, like are they as good as their record says that they are.
The Giants come in with a one game lead for the NFC East. They also come in with a lot of injury questions. Ahmad Bradshaw, Prince Amukamara, Kenny Phillips and Michael Boley may not be active for this game. Losing three defensive starters for a game isn’t going to be helpful, facing a top offense with a lot of weapons. Without Bradshaw, David Wilson is going to be counted on quite heavily. Wilson is coming off his record setting day with 327 all-purpose yards. He’s become such a huge weapon for them on kickoff returns, however, without Bradshaw, you have to wonder if they will use him or maybe Dominik Hixon to return them.
The Atlanta Falcons come in with injury concerns of their own. Roddy White is questionable for this game with an injury. They come in off a loss to the 4-9 Carolina Panthers. They haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in six weeks and need to rely on Matt Ryan and the passing game. Their defense comes in the game 20th in yards per game, four spots ahead of the Giants.
The Giants are going to need their pass rush to step up, especially with the chance of being without three defensive starters. They can’t forget about the running game though. Jacquizz Rodgers and Michael Turner are a good combo and the Giants have been giving up a lot of big gains on the ground of late.
The Falcons are going to have to double Victor Cruz. When Cruz gets taken away, the Giants offense struggles. They are also going to have to make Eli Manning throw a lot. When the Giants aren’t a balanced offense, they aren’t as good.