Oct 5, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) is congratulated by New York Giants defensive end Damontre Moore (98) and teammates after sacking Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-20.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Reason 2: The Pass Rush Will Rise Up
The Giants pass rush started to heat up against the Falcons. The defense got two sacks and a pretty consistent dose of pressure on Matt Ryan. Kirk Cousins is a mobile quarterback. He may not be the speedster that Robert Griffin III is but he can work the pocket and avoid pass rush. But it is hard to buy into Cousins as the starting quarterback. We’ve been down this road before with Cousins.
The Giants have to make Cousins the erratic passer that we know and love to face. Pass rush can spoil the notion that the Redskins have finally found their quarterback. Last week we saw really solid play from Robert Ayers and Cullen Jenkins. Jenkins actually looks quicker than he did in years past which is a real testament to his longevity. The Giants should be able to own the battle at the line of scrimmage.
If the Giants can rattle Cousins in the critical moments of the game, they can walk away with a victory. The Giants owe their home crowd a big time win. The pass rush might have to deliver it.
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