The New York Giants (0-2) are facing a must win situation in Week 3 when they host the upstart Houston Texans (2-0). The New York Giants fell apart in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona utilized a special team touchdown to propel them to a 25-14 victory. Arizona’s starting QB, Carson Palmer, missed the game with an injury, so journeyman quarterback, Drew Stanton, started and guided Arizona to victory. Stanton hasn’t started a game in three years, but played well enough to win. Eli Manning played well, but he was plagued by numerous drops by his wide receivers. Victor Cruz dropped at least three first down throws and Rueben Randle dropped a deep post route that would have put New York in the red zone. Through their first two games, New York’s offense is averaging just 14 points while the defense is yielding 30 points per game.
New York may have a tough time scoring points on Houston’s upstart defense. Houston’s defense has allowed just ten points per game and are coming off a 30-14 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders, which was more lopsided than the final score indicates. Arian Foster rumbled for 138 yards on 28 carries while Ryan Fitzpatrick only needed complete 14 passes for 139 yards to secure the win. Through two games, Houston is the NFL’s most run-heavy team. Houston has called 43 passes and 78 runs.
Current NFL odds have Houston slotted as a two-point favorite. While Houston has been very impressive, New York is in a must win situation. To beat Houston, New York must get out to an early lead and force Houston to throw. Houston has a dynamic pair of wide receivers in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, but New York’s restocked secondary should keep them at bay. Take a Big Blue for your NFL picks!
Official Pick: NY Giants +2