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Scouting the Faclons

We’ll continue to get more in-depth with this but we have to start somewhere. Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner is one of the biz in breaking down teams via film. Here’s what he had to say:

Of all the teams in the first playoff round, the Giants and Falcons are built most similarly. They are led by questionable offensive lines, dynamic rushing attacks nonetheless, and secretly efficient quarterbacks. On defense, the two teams rely on different types of blitzes from their front fours to get things going. Atlanta uses a spacing defense and zone blitzes in an attempt to overcome the fact that it doesn’t have a pure pass rusher outside of John Abraham, and its defensive tackles stop the run as well as any. The Giants come straight at the quarterback with the most ferocious front four in the NFL, led by end Jason Pierre-Paul and hybrid nightmare  Justin Tuck. New York’s defense will threaten Atlanta’s Matt Ryan at every turn.

Each team has great receivers to challenge iffy secondaries. Just as Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Roddy White will stretch the Giants’ questionable intermediate coverage concepts, the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz will stretch the Falcons’ secondary all day. The difference might be Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez; New York has no such weapon underneath.

Interesting to note Gonzalez. He’s not what he was, obviously, but he had 7 TDs and over 800 yards receiving. Giants struggle with tight ends, and will have no one to cover him. Alanta is good against the run, which is a shame, because the Giants are just starting to get their run game going. Atlanta can be thrown against, so this has the potential to be a shootout. Getting to Ryan is key, because Roddy White and Julio Jones are terrific and could carve up Ross and Webster. The Giants need to play like they did in the first half of the Dallas game. That was the best I’ve seen the defense look all year. Getting 60 minutes though is tough.

Early weather warning: might rain Sunday. Hard to pass like that. Obviously, that can and probably will change. Something to keep an eye on.


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8 Responses to “Scouting the Faclons”

  1. Jason says:

    Can we please start shuffling Prince & Ross , I hate seeing Ross on the field he cant cover the deep pass. Shows how much Thomas is missed at CB
    & he need to utilize Da’rel Scott’s speed on special teams or on running occasions remember 2007 when Bradshaw was so good in those spots ?

  2. Tim says:

    Rotating in Scott on a few carries would be nice. He’s got fresh legs and is a better target out of the backfield then Ware.

    • Jason C. says:

      Though you might be right, we really don’t know that yet. Remember, our RB’s have been very good this year holding onto the football and that’s why, although we’ve had far from breakout performances, that going conservative here is understandable.
      In fact a little research shows that out of 411 rush attempts, there is only one lost fumble on the season (pretty incredible), that fumble, Da’Rel Scott (in only 5 carries).
      There are hardly enough numbers to compare the two statistically, but in 10 times as many carries Ware has yet to fumble, and that’s why I’m alright with a conservative approach.

    • Big Daddy says:

      Good idea, I am not happy about Ware’s performance. His blocking was terrible, he could not even chip Ware correctly. His running is pedestrian..ha ha I made a pun.

      I think you can run through the Atlanta defense they are small but fast. We can over power them straight ahead.

  3. daJudge says:

    I need to comment on ‘Shut Down Corner’, and no malice is intended. “Of all the teams in the first playoff round, the Giants and Falcons are built most similarly. They are led by questionable offensive lines, dynamic rushing attacks nonetheless, and secretly efficient quarterbacks.” This quote made little sense to me. I don’t think the Giants have a dynamic rush at all and Eli is not “secretly efficient”. Eli is an elite quarterback. Brilliant at times, but not always. This is hardly secret. We all know what he brings and, what he doesn’t. Our rush is below average, but improving. The paucity of the rush is caused partially by our O Line, which is coming together of late. Just my opinion.

    • Jason C. says:

      Yeah I found that a bit weird too. Also if anything I think the Saints/Lions are pretty much identical in terms of scheme, the Lions are just younger.

  4. Jason says:

    I mean hes a rookie 7th round pick of course hes going to have flaws all am saying is speed kills in every sport they shoulded gave him more carries during the season so he can have a better idea on how to stop fumbling should i remind u of Adrian Peterson and Bradshaw had fumble problems in the past its all a matter of working on it and practice .

  5. CMH says:

    I’d like to see us figure out a way to get Scott the ball in space so he could put that speed to work in a low risk/ high gain manner.

    Different topic- what is wrong w Barden? Does he not work hard in practice? Sure would be nice to have a talent like that available.

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