The New York Giants’ top-ranked defense will have their hands full for the second straight week — this time it will be against the dangerous Arizona Cardinals passing attack. Former Giant Kurt Warner will look to silence Giants Stadium and hand Big Blue their second consecutive loss.
The Giants won’t be falling down that easily, however. Although the Giants defense should fear Arizona’s passing attack, they should look to capitalize on their strong run defense. The Cardinals’ running game has been almost non-existent, averaging only 57.6 yards per game. By stopping the run and limiting the passes, the defense should try to hold the Cardinals to as many three and outs as possible, as Arizona has only converted 32% of their third down opportunities on offense.
New York’s offense will look to dig down into their deep group of wide receivers and attack the Cardinals’ defense by spreading the ball around. Wide receivers Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks have all scored touchdowns in the past few weeks, and with a healthy quarterback at the helm, there shouldn’t be much difficulty moving the ball down the field.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride needs to do a better job at calling plays for this weekend’s game. Last weekend, he called for unnecessary bombs downfield when the team just needed to run the ball effectively and move the chains. Brandon Jacobs was stopped completely in the first quarter of the game in New Orleans, and Gilbride refused to give Ahmad Bradshaw any carries. When it was nearly too late, Bradshaw finally was given the opportunity, and made the best of it. Had the Giants played their cards properly, the running game could have taken over and produced points. This week, all of that needs to change in order for Big Blue to win.