Fresh off of their 45-14 drubbing of the Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football, the New York Giants (2-2) will host the (2-2) Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at Metlife Stadium. The much maligned Eli Manning threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Redskins. While Manning’s top two wide receivers, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, combined for 14 catches and 198 yards, Manning’s tight ends, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells secured all four touchdown grabs. Donnell, an undrafted free agent from Grambling State, leads all tight ends with four touchdowns. Given Manning’s success through the air, the running game churned out 154 yards (4.1 YPC) en-route to the win. On defense, the Giants forced Washington QB Kirk Cousins to throw four interceptions and sacked him twice. Cousins was under constant duress and was unable to develop any sort of rhythm. Cousins shredded Philadelphia’s secondary for 427 yards and three touchdowns a week earlier, which makes this performance even more impressive for New York’s defense.
The Giants will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are coming off an embarrassing 41-28 road loss to the young and somewhat inexperienced, Minnesota Vikings. Atlanta yielded 241 rushing yards and gave way to 317 passing yards to QB Teddy Bridgewater, who was making his first career start. Atlanta was able to limited Minnesota’s most dynamic wide receiver, Cordarelle Patterson, to 38 yards, but Jarius Wright (137 yards), Jerrick McKinnon (135 yards), and Matt Asiata (three touchdowns) gashed Atlanta’s lackluster defense. On offense, Matt Ryan tossed for 298 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. Julio Jones and Roddy White combined for 22 targets, but only secured 10 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown.
Current NFL odds list the Giants as 4.5 point home favorites. Many New York fans remember the Giants’s home playoff win over Atlanta in 2012. The Giants utilized their 24-2 victory to jump start their Super Bowl run. Expect another spirited effort from Big Blue and especially running back, Rashad Jennings, who should thrive against Atlanta’s lackluster defense.
Official Pick: NY Giants -4.5