The New York Giants put aside a week of distractions as they take the field against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. This marks the 24th meeting between the two teams with the Falcons holding a 12-11 series lead.
The last time New York defeated the Falcons in Atlanta was back on October 15th 2007 in the Georgia Dome 31-10. The Giants actually have an 8-4 record on the road in this series and will be looking to improve their record on Monday Night Football to 25-38-1. Their last Monday Night Football game saw Big Blue fall to Detroit 24-10 on September 18th 2017.
The Giants have been struggling this season with a 1-5 record and discussion of issues between their star player Odell Beckham Jr.and the franchise has dominated the conversation through all the different media outlets across the country. The truth is there is more to discuss with the Giants the just Beckham’s situation.
The discussion since last Thursday night has been the poor play of Eli Manning. Multiple media outlets have been writing that this has been the end of the Eli Manning era in New York. Truth is he has not been terrible, especially against the Atlanta.
Manning’s overall record against the Falcons is 4-3 which does not include the 24-2 playoff win against Atlanta back in 2012. Eli is 145-240 for 1682 yards with 12 touchdowns and 9 interceptions through the seven games against the birds.
Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan has had a little more success against New York and against Manning. Though his record is only 2-2 vs Big Blue, Ryan has thrown 108-165 for 1217 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. Falcons are 2-4 coming off 34-29 a week 6 win vs the Buccs. Matt Ryan led the way for Atlanta by throwing for 354 yards and three touchdown passes.
The Giants are coming off a a 34-13 loss against their division rival the Philadelphia Eagles. The only positive for Big Blue has been rookie standout Saquon Barkley who led New York with 13 carries 131 yards and one touch down. Barkley was asked about moving forward from the first part of the difficult season and putting the focus forward, not the past. ” Obviously you’re well aware of what happened in the past, but you definitely have to put that in the past because you’re not going to grow if you reflect on the bad things that happened in the past, so we definitely got to continue to put that in the past, continue to grow as a team and focus on the future and focus on the rest of the season and go game by game and right now that focus is on the Falcons.”
The Giants will welcome tight end Evan Engram back to the lineup after missing the last three game. Engram was nursing a knee injury. Other notables back in the line up will be E Rhett Ellison (foot), TE Evan Engram (knee), Nate Solder (neck), and LB Olivier Vernon (ribs)
The Giants today signed former University of Pittsburgh standout Quandree Henderson off their practice squad. To make room on the roster for Henderson, the Giants waived tight end Garrett Dickerson, another rookie free agent.
Cody Latimer was placed on injured reserve last week with a hamstring injury. Rookie Jawill Davis is in the NFL concussion protocol and has been declared out of the game tomorrow night. Another receiver, Russell Shepard, is questionable with a neck injury.
The Giants have been struggling over the last few weeks to points on the board because of the inconsistent play of the offensive live. The line play effects Eli, Saquon and everyone on the offensive side ball which puts even more pressure on the defense.
The defense has been solid with the exception of the Eagles last week with the bend not break mentality which eventually caught up with them in the later portions of the game.
Atlanta has a high powered offense and a questionable defense. That is the reputation this franchise has had with head coach Dan Quinn as their leader. They have Matt Ryan, an exciting Running back in Devonte Freeman, and of course Julio Jones. Sounds familiar to the Giants fire power.
In my opinion they have not fully recovered from the Super Bowl collapse from two years ago but they are in better shape then New York.
Both teams are desperate for a win and have not played to their potential…
Going Falcons 24-15 over New York.
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