Today the New York Giants get put to the test as they are in San Francisco for a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game against the 49ers. This is a game that’s been circled on the calendars of many and I’d think especially the 49ers. It’s the game of the day on this week’s schedule and here are a few key points to focus on for the Giants.
The Giants defense has not played up to their usual standards this season and they know it. The pass rush has been missing in action and if there was anytime for it to show up it would be today against the 49ers. The 49ers have an offense that can pound opposing defenses with the run game and can pick apart an opposing defense with the passing attack. It’s basically pick your poison. If I’m the Giants, I’d be looking to try to take away running back Frank Gore and make quarterback Alex Smith beat me with the pass. That of course is easier said than done. Smith has done a masterful job this season of using his many options at receiver.
Rookie running back David Wilson is going to get a chance today to create some more distance between himself and head coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse. The Giants will be without Andre Brown this week because of a concussion, that means Wilson be the primary backup for Ahmad Bradshaw today. Wilson has already put himself on the radar of opposing teams because of his kick returning abilities. The Giants would love to see a 1-2 a ground game attack from him and Bradshaw. Wilson’s now going to get a chance to step up in the running game. We know what kind of speed he brings to the table, it’s game-changing speed. However, the Giants are going to need him to protect the football when carrying it today and also help pick up the blitz and pass rush from the ferocious defense of the 49ers.
Hakeem Nicks has made the trip to San Francisco with the Giants and from all indications the wide receiver will be ready to go. That’s good news for Eli Manning and the offense. Nicks has missed the last three games struggling with swelling in his knee and his surgically repaired foot. He’s Manning’s big play receiver and if he’s out there then it clearly makes things a little more easier for Victor Cruz on the other side of the field. The Giants have been extra cautious with Nicks injury status and that wont change today. He’s most likely going to be a game-time decision.
49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham could play a big role in the 49ers offensive gameplan today. The former Giant is going to be pumped up to play today and he’s proven to be a key target for Alex Smith this season.
This game has every indication that it is going to be physical. The 49ers are going to be looking wear down the Giants on defense with their offensive attack and take the Giants offense out of the game early with their defense. They have been on a tear the last two games and no doubt will be looking for a taste of revenge after last year’s NFC title loss. They are also going to be looking solidify the thought around the league that they are the best team in the NFC this year. The Giants are going to have their hands full today out on the bay.