The New York Giants will face the Atlanta Falcons in another must win game. If the Giants can win, they will continue to hold a one game lead in the division with just two games left to play. If they can’t, there’s a very good possibility that they will no longer control their own destiny. Here are the matchups to watch:
KR David Wilson vs. Falcons Special Teams
Wilson might have a tough time retuning kicks this week, as the Falcons average touchbacks on almost over 51% of their kickoffs at home. The Falcons might need to kick every ball out of the end zone if they want to stop Wilson.
LB Jacquan Williams vs. TE Tony Gonzalez
The Giants did a great job last week in stopping Saints elite TE Jimmy Graham. Graham, who has had a balky back, was smothered to just 5 catches for 56 yards. This week, Williams will go against another elite tight end, but a much different version of one. Gonzalez is crafty and will find ways to get open in a way that Williams has never seen before. The future hall of famer has 81 catches for 831 yards and 7 touchdowns. Williams, along side some help from fellow LB Keith Rivers will be the key to stopping Falcons QB Matt Ryan from completing first downs to his safety blanket TE Tony Gonzalez.
QB Eli Manning vs. Falcons Defense
Manning will have a tough task in going against a much-improved Falcons defense. The Falcons give up less then 300 yards a game in the air, and rank fourth in pass defense. Manning, who threw four touchdown passes last week, could potentially be without a banged up WR Hakeem Nicks. Even if Nicks goes, the Giants will have a tough task against a solid Falcons secondary.
Gabbers, what are your thoughts for this week’s matchup?