Opponent Preview: New York Giants

The Giants are 6-2 and have a two game lead in the NFC East, but a closer look reveals a team that is very inconsistent. Solid wins over New England, Buffalo, and Philadelphia are offset by double digit losses to Washington and Seattle.

Despite the losses of Steve Smith and Kevin Boss in free agency and an injury to Hakeem Nicks, the Giants have one of the most potent passing games in the league. Eli Manning has had a very good season, especially in the 4th quarter of games, and has multiple reliable targets in Nicks, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz, and Jake Ballard. They haven’t had the same type of success running the ball. They are ranked 29th in rush yards and the combo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are averaging less than four yards a carry.

New York has a decent pass defense primarily due to the pass rush ability of Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck. They have one of the worst rated run defenses giving up 127 yards a game and have had issues at linebacker.

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