A pair of 2-2 records face of in the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon. After the first two weeks many people were already firing two-time Super Bowl winning Coach Tom Coughlin. People were questioning whether or not quarterback Eli Manning had anything left in the tank and some people even called for his benching. 2 consecutive dominant performances later and it appears that the reports of the Giants demise have been greatly exaggerated. Manning has finally seemed to grasp the new offense that Ben Mcadoo has installed. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan runs one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses. The key to any productive offense is its offensive line and the Falcons have trouble at that position. They lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season ending injuries last week. The team started the season flying high but after a blowout loss to the Vikings and their rookie quarterback the team will have to make some defensive adjustments. Ryan leads the NFL with 1,263 passing yards and is tied for the league with 10 touchdown passes.
Manning has had a tough time adjusting to the new quick look offense after running a more slow developing offense every season prior in his career. Victor Cruz appeared to be a perfect fit for the offense from the beginning and has also gotten the hang of it; becoming Mannnings go to receiver once again. Tight End Larry Donnell has been a real find for the team. After performing well in the seasons first 3 weeks he put on an historic performance in week 4 with three touchdown grabs. His 25 catches on the season is good for 5th in the NFL. Manning has thrown for 9 touchdowns, which is already half of the total he threw last season. The Giants offense could also be boosted by the debut of first round pick Odell Beckham who excels after the catch. Running back Rashard Jennings has become the most underrated player on the team who is quietly 3rd in the NFL in rushing with 341 yards.
The Falcons area team that is built around its passing game. Julio Jones is second in the NFL in receiving yards and combines with Roddy White to form the best 1-2 punch at wide receiver in the league. The duo will look to exploit a Giants secondary that performed well in week 4 but struggled a lot in the previous weeks. Matt Ryan also has proven options at receiver in Devin Hester and Harry Douglas. They often feature a 4 wide receiver look that will force the Giants to match up with their spread out formations. The Falcons will be without starting safety William Moore who is out for a minimum of 8 weeks with a shoulder injury.
This is a big game for both teams. The Giants will be looking to defend their home field and get their record to 3-2. The Falcons will be looking to overcome injury and come up with a big road win.
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