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Giants Falcons Game Preview

This is it folks. This is do or die. The 5-4 Giants take on the 5-4 Falcons in a game with far reaching playoff implications. Can the Giants get off the snide? Can they overcome the Antonio Pierce injury? Can they right this ship? We’ll find out.

INJURIES:

GIANTS INJURY REPORT
OUT:  LB Antonio Pierce
DOUBTFUL: none
QUESTIONABLE:  CB Aaron Ross (hamstring)
PROBABLE: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle/foot), QB Eli Manning (foot)

ATLANTA INJURY REPORT
OUT: WR Brian Finneran (knee)
DOUBTFUL: RB Michael Turner (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Erik Coleman (knee); RB Jerious Norwood (hip); WR Roddy White (knee)
PROBABLE: T Sam Baker (ankle)

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense was actually pretty good a couple weeks ago against the Chargers. Eli was dominating the middle of the field. Hakeem Nicks was awesome on the screen passes. The Giants should do more of that. Work the middle of the field. And go with what’s working! The Giants foolishly abandoned the pass late in the game, and it cost them. If the run is working against the Falcons, stick with the run. Speaking of run, this could be a good game for Brandon Jacobs to be, well, Brandon Jacobs. With the return of Danny Ware, look for the carries to be more balanced. How does that affect Jacobs? Jacobs is at his best when he’s fresh. By balancing the carries, Jacobs can do his thing. In addition, the Giants need to vary their red zone offense. Every defender and their mother knows that the ball is going to Steve Smith. Mix it up. Do some play action. Run the ball, even. Anything to take some pressure off of Smith in the red zone.

DEFENSE:

Now that Antonio Pierce is injured and out indefinitely, the look of the Giants defense is completely different. Chase Blackburn will likely start at middle linebacker. While smart and tough, Blackburn is not athletic enough to keep up with shifty backs. That’s why we’ll see a lot of Jonathan Goff. Luckily for the Giants, it appears that Michael Turner will not play. He would have a field day against Blackburn. There is some good news for the G-Men. Aaron Ross is back. He’ll be the second corner, and Terrell Thomas will be the nickel guy. This is HUGE. Thomas is much better suited for a nickel corner role, anyways. One thing to watch, however, is the rust factor. Will he be the same? Tough to know until we see him. But, Ross will make this secondary better. The last thing the Giants need to do is get a good pass rush with their front four. One of the hallmarks of Giants football is a strong pass rush. They aren’t getting it. We need to see Tuck and company step up. Pressuring Matt Ryan is key.

THE FALCONS:

The Falcons are in a similar spot as the Giants; fighting for their playoff lives. The Michael Turner injury is potentially devastating. He makes the offense go. Matty Ryan is going through a sophomore slump of sorts, but he’s still dangerous, especially now that Tony Gonzalez is there. Because Turner is out, the Giants can focus on pressuring Ryan and force him to make mistakes. The Falcons defense is good, not great. John Abraham is a stellar pass rusher, but I’m not concerned, because the Giants have done a good job this year with strong pass rushers. I think the Giants can the work the middle of the field. The defense can be beat.

PREDICTION:

What are the Giants made of? Are they resilliant? Or do they fold under pressure? I’d like to think that they fall under the former. This is an experienced team. The Falcons will be tough to beat. But, something tells me this is the week the Giants break out. FINAL SCORE: Giants 24, Falcons 17

COVERAGE

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

REQUIRED READING:

Check our the good folks at FalconsGab for the latest on the boys from the ATL.

Read our Giants Roundtable

5 Keys To Beating The Falcons

Ross, or Rouse?

Pierce Will Provide Heart

Ross Is Ready To Return


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4 Responses to “Giants Falcons Game Preview”

  1. andrew ilnicki says:

    Update:

    Michael Turner is definitely out.

    Roddy White is definitely in.

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