After three soft opponents, it’s time to get serious this week. By serious, we mean “worried.”
We don’t have any illusions that this offensive line can block the Rams front seven. This game’s priority has to be keeping Eli Manning standing. If that means running the ball, dumping it off on third down, and punting all day long, so be it. Manning’s health is paramount.
The Rams’ front seven is the strength of their team. Their defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three weeks. Their special teams are also very good. Their offense is not.
The Giants need to keep this game a low-scoring affair. The question is, can they control the ball against this front seven? We don’t think they can, which means big plays could decide this game.
The good news is that last week’s win not only broke that nasty 7-game losing streak but it was accomplished with major contributions from its young players.
If there is any silver lining to that lengthy IR list, it is the opportunities being taken advantage of by some of the talented youngsters on the team.
Washington has their own problems, none more so than at the most critical of positions, quarterback. The Giants already blew them on the road. If Washington wasn’t such a mess, this might be considered a revenge game, but they are more about getting this season over with than making any kind of a statement.
Should the Giants now be in total evaluation mode, or should they play their last four games to win? With respect to the game as well as to the players who play it, head coach Tom Coughlin and company will do everything in their power to win every game, and hopefully, sprinkle in all the youth it can muster.
At 2-10, the Titans have lost six straight. Last week, they lost intriguing rookie QB Zach Mettenberger to a shoulder injury, though Mettenberger told the New York media that he’ll be ready to go on Sunday.
The Titans have similar injury problems as the Giants on their offensive line, while their defense has been decent. Like last week’s opponent, the Jaguars, they are a young team desperate for a win.