2. Damon Harrison
The New York Giants are about to go up against the best running back in the NFL. One could easily make a case for Arizona Cardinals star David Johnson from an all-around perspective, but in terms of running the ball, no one is better than Ezekiel Elliott.
If the Giants are going to contain the league’s leader in rushing yards, then Damon Harrison will need to be at his best.
Harrison has been a dominant force for the Giants during the 2016 regular season. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 8 interior defender in the NFL, but his overall ranking isn’t what applies here.
Harrison is the top-ranked interior defender in the NFL against the run, recording a better score than the likes of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcell Dareus.
Harrison has been worth every penny for the Giants, which have held opponents to an average of 91.4 rushing yards per game. New York is No. 5 in the NFL in that category, but its most impressive mark is the 3.6 yards per carry it’s limiting opponents to.
New York held Elliott to 51 yards on 20 carries the first time around, but he’s a more seasoned and fearless player than he was in Week 1. Harrison needs to do what he does and step up.