New York Giants: Keys To A Must-Win Game Against Oakland Raiders
Coming off a much needed bye week, the New York Giants return their attention to conquering a weak and inconsistent NFC East. With the Washington Redskins falling to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night, a Giants victory over the Oakland Raiders is even more critical in order to have a chance at returning to the top of the division. Most importantly, the Raiders are coming off one of their most humiliating losses in recent memory. Lead by a breathtaking performance by Nick Foles, the Eagles trounced the Raiders 49-29. In other words, if the Giants follow the keys to the game, the Raiders are ripe to be beaten.
With Terrelle Pryor as their starter, the primary goal of the Giants should be to do whatever it takes to stop the speedy quarterback. Last week against the Eagles, Pryor was held to only 10 carries for 94 yards. In contrast with their Weel 8 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor had nine carries for 106 yards, including a 94-yard run for a touchdown. If the Giants can find a way to stop Pryor from being a game changer with his legs, they have a strong chance at picking up their third win of the season.
The one positive the Raiders can take from their last game against the Eagles is that their receiving core can be an effective second option if Pryor is struggling. The receivers totaled 375 yards of offense, which included Rod Streater having five receptions for 98 yards. If Pryor is held in check on the run, corners such as Antrel Rolle and Prince Amukamara need to be aware of the potential big plays that can be made through the air.
Finally, last week against the Eagles, the Raiders’ pass coverage proved that they are one of the worst units in the league. I don’t care what your opinion of Foles is, he shouldn’t have been allowed to throw 22 completions for 406 yards and seven touchdowns. That being said, this is great news for the Giants. With Victor Cruz being cleared to play, Eli Manning will have all of his weapons ready to go. However, as it is every week for the Giants, the big question coming into the matchup with the Raiders is, can Manning avoid turning the ball over? If he can avoid throwing interceptions, then he should be able to tear apart the weak pass coverage of the Raiders.