The NY Giants are finally back in the playoffs and they’re ready to make a major splash vs. the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Considering how poorly things went the last time the Giants were in the postseason, many fans are hoping for a better go around this time.
This team has proven time and time again that they can put up a fight with just about any squad in the league, so there is a chance that we potentially see the Giants make a run.
Regardless of whether or not the Giants go on a deep run in the playoffs, there are some things to expect out of this squad as a whole. If these four expectations come true, there’s no telling how far the Giants will go in the coming weeks.
4: Mike Kafka gets more creative with his play-calling
During the NY Giants Week 18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, we saw offensive coordinator Mike Kafka draw up some very creative and interesting play-calls, the likes of which we have barely seen this season.
Obviously a big reason for this way of play-calling was the fact that the Giants were playing in a meaningless game, so Kafka and Brian Daboll likely just wanted to test some things out. Regardless, this aggressiveness is something we have not seen all fall and winter, meaning things could get interesting this week against the Vikings.
Kafka has done a very solid job all season, however, he has had far too many moments of calling the offense too conservatively, costing the team big time. A big example of this occurred in the Giants tie to the Commanders, where after New York went up a score, Kafka shut the offense down, resulting in four punts in a row.
There are no excuses for something like this to happen in the playoffs, so it’s very likely that we see some aggressive play-calling to make a statement. Even if it is just taking shots down the field like we saw with Kenny Golladay late against the Eagles last week, it will be better than the ultra-conservative offense we typically see out of Kafka.
Regardless of whether it’s aggressive or not, we’re confident in Kafka’s abilities to call a winning offense in the playoffs. He has done a solid enough job to get the Giants to where they are today.