Heading into a Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, the New York Giants finally have momentum and health on their side. After a remarkable 24-22 upset over the Packers on Monday Night Football, the Giants must keep their foot on the gas and continue their winning ways against the Saints.
With stretches of formidable football finally being played on both sides of the ball, the Giants can't afford to lose this game if they have any hopes of sneaking into an NFC Wild Card spot. Look for these keys to play a big factor if the Giants want to continue trending in the right direction:
5. Darren Waller making an immediate impact upon his return
With quarterback Tommy DeVito seeming very comfortable with a few games under his belt, look for him to target dynamic tight end Darren Waller, who is coming off an IR stint with a hamstring injury. Waller's ability to shake off defenders and create separation off the line of scrimmage, paired with his effective route running at 6-6, makes him a matchup problem for any team.
While no one doubts Waller's ability to be effective between the white lines, his availability, or lack thereof, has been a concern for the Giants this season. While his long-term health remains the supreme concern, Waller has voiced his desire to suit up in Week 15.
Look for Waller to make a significant impact in his return, even if his stats don't jump off the page. With talent like Waller's, his presence alone creates opportunities for his teammates. With their premier receiving weapon hopefully back in action, the Giants should continue moving the ball down the field and scoring points.