The Giants are finally getting healthy. The Giants are finally coming together as a team. And everyone who wrote off the Giants based on Eli Manning’s preseason are starting to look very foolish. The Giants stomped the Eagles last week and this week travel to Arizona to take on a Cardinals team they match up very well against.
With the Giants finally being favored to win a game how will they respond? Here are the key matchups for Sunday’s Eagles/Giants game:
Fun With Fancy Stats
How much have the Giants improved since the preseason? By Football Outsiders metrics the Giants are currently the 6th best team in football (7th on offensive efficiency, 9th on defensive efficiency.) Where the Giants have struggled is against number two receivers (also known as whoever Aaron Ross is guarding) and tight ends (also known as whoever Antrelle Rolle is guarding.)
Luckily for the Giants the Cardinals don’t have an elite tight end or second receiver in the passing game. With Webster likely being glued to Fitzgerald all day, Ross will have to contend with Andre Roberts. Roberts has been dismal this season as the defacto number two receiver. The combination of Jeff King and Todd Heap have had nice moments this season but, they certainly aren’t the seam splitting type of tight end that the Giants have struggled against.
This Cardinals offense does take on a different identity with a healthy Beanie Wells. A statement that was laughable the past few years hasn’t been so much this year. Although he sat out last game with an injury the Beanie Man has seemingly finally figured out how to be a successful NFL running back. He should play and be at nearly 100% this week.
The Giants four headed defensive line monster returns. How will the Giants mix in Pierre-Paul, Tuck, Osi, Kiwanukia and Canty? Having too many pass rushers is certainly never a bad thing. Look for Tuck and Osi to be on a snap count to keep them fresh and injury free.
Giants shut down Fitzgerald, hit Kevin Kolb a ton and emerge victorious.
Giants 21 – Cardinals 13
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Written by Jason Comack
Jason Comack graduated from Oswego State University. You can hear Jason on 88.1 FM (streaming as well on WCWPSports.org) every Monday and Thursday at 6 PM. Jason covers MMA as well as the New York Giants for Pro Sports Blogging. Follow him on Twitter @J_Comack