This is the classic example of a trap game.

Coming off an emotionally-charged victory over the Eagles, the Giants will fly to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The 1-2 Cardinals are coming off a road loss at Seattle, but have lost their two games by a total of four points. The Cardinals were without running back, Chris Wells last week and clearly suffered running the ball (90 total yards). With a daunting slate of games coming up for Big Blue, this game is a must-win if the Giants want to be a playoff team this year. Expect a lot of pressure on one of Michael Vick’s buddies (Kevin Kolb) this week. Here are three reasons why Big Blue gets it done in the desert.

Expect A Lot of Pressure on ARZ QB, Kevin Kolb--AP Photo

3 Keys For The Giants

1. Stop Larry Fitz

Larry Fitzgerald is the best receiver in the NFL. His routes are crisp, his size creates mismatches, and his ball skills overmatch 99% of corners in the game. Fitz has 259 receiving yards and 2 TDs so far this season. Last week, he had his way with the Seahawks in the first half (64 yards, 1 TD), but Seattle rolled coverage in the second half and shut him out. The Giants must use Antrell Rolle and a mix of their corners to slow down Fitzgerald.

2. Pressure Kolb

The Seattle Seahawks sacked Kolb three times and forced two interceptions last week. The Seahawks brought pressure early and often against the inexperienced Kolb. This will be Kolb’s fourth game and he is still adapting to the Cardinal offense. Take advantage of his inexperience.

To apply pressure on Kolb, the Giants will need to monitor the health of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. Tuck has told the media that he’ll be on the field while Osi’s status is still unknown. I’ve been saying this since last year, but Jason Pierre-Paul is a freak of nature. His athleticism and overall length is downright scary and defenses are starting to take notice. Tuck normally draws the attention of the defensive coordinators, but teams may need to start picking their poison with this fearsome duo.

3. Keep The Offense Rolling

The Giants had a very solid attack on offense last week. The mix of Jacobs/Bradshaw and the downfield passing of Eli was great. The Cardinal defense has given up an average of 123 yards on the ground and 275 yards through the air. The Arizona defense isn’t very good and the Giants should have success all game long. Look for Eli to get Hakeem Nicks involved early and often against an inexperienced Cardinal secondary.

The Giants are entering a stretch where they should get on a nice roll here—

Week 4–@ ARZ
Week 5–vs. SEA
Week 6–vs. BUF
Week 7–BYE
Week 8–vs. MIA

After that, the Giants will go to New England, New Orleans while squaring off against Green Bay, Dallas (twice), and the Jets. At worst, the Giants need to go 5-2 before they head to Foxboro.

This stretch of games is critical for the G-Men. It all starts this Sunday in the desert when the Giants improve to 3-1.

Giants 24
Arizona 10