The New York Giants are 0-2 once again for the fifth straight season. Despite their early arrival at the bottom of the division, there is a silver lining to take from last week’s game. The offense showed that they are capable of putting together sustainable drives and getting the ball down the field quickly. While it is not nearly perfect, the Giants offense needs to take advantage of an Atlanta Falcons defense who has allowed a league-high 80 points thru two weeks.
New York Giants Offense Needs to Take Advantage of Atlanta Falcons Defense
Daniel Jones Has To Be Consistent
Daniel Jones performed very well in last Thursday’s matchup. He played very clean and smart football, knowing when to let plays go, securing the ball after going down on either a run or a sack, and making the right reads.
Jones and the Giants unfortunately had a few points taken off the board, which is a big reason why they are 0-2 right now. However, if Daniel Jones can replicate his smart football again on Sunday, the Giants should win this game.
So far this season, Jones has two passing touchdowns as well as two rushing, along with 516 passing yards and 122 rushing yards. He has just one interception since November of last season and has one fumble this year.
The Falcons will be without their top cornerback in A.J. Terrell, so if Jones can take advantage of their now weakened secondary, this could potentially be a very big game for Jones and the offense.
Saquon Barkley Will Be Fully Rested
Saquon Barkley hit another milestone in his recovery, he was not listed on the injury report Friday afternoon after being listed as questionable for the last two contests.
Barkley has not done anything significant yet this season, but this week’s game could potentially become a classic Saquon Barkley takeover. As mentioned previously, this Atlanta defense is bad. Coming off of nine days of rest, Barkley is in store for a good game, and could maybe even remind the home crowd of just how good he really is.
Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard‘s History with Atlanta
Kenny Golladay has gotten off to a slow start with New York so far, but that is not bound to last long. In Golladay’s last game against the Falcons, he recorded six catches for 114 yards while averaging 19 yards per catch. Golladay was making all sorts of wild catches in that game last season, and with Atlanta’s defense being bad once again, Kenny could finally have his breakout game in blue.
Sterling Shepard is the same way, except his big performance against Atlanta came in 2018. Shepard posted 167 yards on just five catches, averaging over 33 yards per reception. Shepard has been a vital piece in the Giants offense so far this year, currently being seventh in the league with 207 yards on 16 receptions with one score.
Both Shepard and Golladay are the veterans in the receiving room, and are bound to have solid games this Sunday. If this Giants offense can open up the playbook and actually play to win, they could very well be 1-2 by Monday morning.
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