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The Big Advantages For Big Blue

I look at this matchup Monday night and can’t help but feel it sets up perfectly for the NY Giants to get their first win. I was confident against the Bears, they did exactly what we thought they would and run the ball and be in position to win the game, it didn’t work out in the 4th quarter. This week is even more crucial for the Giants to salvage their season – and I think they have some factors on their side to get that first win.

We all know that RB Peyton Hillis was signed by the Giants last week after spending a few months with the Tampa Bay Bucs earlier in the season. And Monday night the Giants are facing the Buc’s former starting QB Josh Freeman. This isn’t a scouting thing, but it IS a familiarity thing. Here’s where this matchup gets interesting.

1: Tampa Bay and New York run very similar offenses. The Vikings do not. Josh Freeman isn’t at all familiar with the Vikings offense. It’s Apples and Oranges, and his timing is not going to be down perfectly with his WRs. Huge advantage Giants.

2. Hillis is already familiar with our offense and terminology. Hillis came in and basically said he’s picked up our playbook and there is a lot of alignment with how former Giants coach Mike Sullivan is handling things in Tampa. This may be the biggest reason Hillis was considered for the job last week – not pass protection for Eli Manning. Advantage Giants.

3. Freeman isn’t in a hurry. Listen to how Josh Freeman recently summed up his transition from Tampa to Minnesota to Fox Sports:

I didn’t really know what I was walking into, I didn’t really know anything about the situation, didn’t know anything about the exact offense I was running. What I did know, talking to Rick Spielman, is that it wouldn’t be an immediate pressure. ‘You got to get in and you got to save the season.’ That’s not how I feel at all. Talking to coach Frazier, there would be open lines of communication and let him know where I fit in the offense, and understanding concepts, and verbalizing plays. We talked a lot about that. Between him and me, there’s no way I would come onto that field, if I didn’t feel I was ready and he didn’t feel I was ready. Obviously, he spends a lot of time talking with the offensive coaches. But didn’t really set any parameters, didn’t say, ‘You got to be doing this by…’ I just came in and said I would work has hard as I can, focus on me every day, and try to learn this team and this offense. I feel I can give us a chance to win, with my knowledge of the offense and just being a football player.

Doesn’t exactly instill a sense of confidence if you’re a Vikings fan does it? It’s a completely new system for him, there isn’t a sense of urgency, and this move may be more about getting on the same page for the future than it is having everything perfect for Monday night. To that end, I expect Adrian Peterson to carry the load, and it’s up to the Giants to put the ball back in Freeman’s hands and shut this offense down before it can get started. The Giants have one of the best run defenses in the league this year – we know it was priority #1 for Jerry Reese this past offseason. Well it’s worked extremely well. The Giants went from feeders to leaders in one season when it comes to defending the run. Our DTs are playing lights out, and with Jon Beason coming into the MLB role I expect an even more stout front 7 against the run. Freeman is going to feel that pressure to get something started Monday night, mark my words… even if it’s self imposed and not coming from our underperforming DE’s.


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2 Responses to “The Big Advantages For Big Blue”

  1. randy krahmer says:

    do you think cox will get a real chance to show what he can do in this game——–thanks

  2. i do. Jacobs is questionable so the only two real options are Hillis and Cox. Kind of amazing when you think about this RB carousel.

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