The Giants (2-1) travel to Arizona to face (1-2) Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium, which was the host for Super Bowl 42. The Giants are looking to avoid a letdown game after beating Philadelphia and continue to keep pace in the division. Historically it seems that the Giants have lost games they shouldn’t have (see Cleveland game 2008) especially after a big win. They look to build on success and keep pace with the highly competitive NFC East.
Why the Giants should win
The Giants have a strong defense, especially the trenches, evident in JPP’s 4.5 sacks and stout against the run vs. the Eagles. The defense might get a boost if Osi Umenyiora returns this week, providing needed depth. Also, Mario Manningham is expected to return this week, providing Eli Manning with another weapon to join Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. It appears that Brandon Jacobs has come into the season motivated for a big season and adding a new dimension to his game, receiving out of the backfield. Eli’s confidence seems to be increasing after struggling vs. Washington week 1, so after coming off a 4 td 0 int game vs. a strong secondary in Philadelphia. The Cardinals defense currently is ranked 25th (pass defense) and 27th (rush defense), seeming to indicate big days for the Giants offense.
Why the Giants lose
If Arizona wants to emerge Sunday with a win, they need the Giants to turn the ball over. Last year we saw Ahmad Bradshaw had bouts with fumbling, and Eli had 25 interceptions, costing the Giants several games in the process. Giving any team extra possessions or ideal field position will hurt any team’s chances for pulling out a win, especially on the road. Also, the secondary cannot allow Larry Fitzgerald to get open and make an impact, because he has the ability to make a difference. If you missed the highlights for the Cardinals last week, Fitzgerald made several catches including a touchdown with double coverage. The Giants have had issues with the secondary with consistent play and giving up big gains, so limiting Larry Fitzgerald will be something to watch this week.
The Giants need this win, especially when it’s a game their supposed to win. A loss would be a huge let down after beating the Eagles, and would make winning the East a little more difficult. I think the Giants come out firing and win this one- Giants 35 Cards 13
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