I think the offensive line deserves the most attention in this game. If they click, NYG have been almost unbeatable. They have probably been given unfair criticism for the losses the past two games. They did not play well, but they also played two of the best defensive lines in the game and did not get a whole lot of help from their skill players Ward and Eli. This offensive line is still very very dangerous and should be expected to play tops in the league like they have all season.
After watching the Dallas game I feel that Ward is just not effective in the feature back role against a good defense. However, he is very dangerous off the bench. Of course a healthy Jacobs adds a whole new demension. I feel that there are few dbs that can tackle Jacobs in an upright position, that causes Jacobs to gain those extra yards that can kill you. It is very important for our skill defensive players to tackle Jacobs well or he will do damage. Hedgecock is one of the best at sealing the edge. Chris Harris is one of the best at taking away that seal. I think Hedgecock vs. Harris will be a key to the run game for NYG. Kemos health will also mean a lot in stopping their run.
I am not going to argue against Elis ability but I feel that Eli is similar to Delhomme in that they are effective when there surrounding parts are effective. He has something like 1 300 yard game out of his past 16 starts and that was against Wash when they stacked the line against them to stop the run. Having Plax and Jacobs out against good defenses, Eli has clearly looked shaken. I feel that as more teams get film on Hixon he has struggled to get seperation. The wrs as a whole have a hard time getting seperation if their running game is struggling. This is just not a pass first offense anymore. I think NYG will have a hard time winning depending on Toomer, Smith and Boss getting seperation.
What can you say, this D-line arguably won the SB last year so they deserve no introduction. The whole defense is built around them. They clearly disrupted Romo last week although faded towards the end. Many people around the league are saying that the D-lines lack of depth is hurting them right now, especially in the "dog days" of the NFL. They unquestionably faded both of the last two games. Allowing big plays in the 4th to put both games out of reach. Healthy, this is the best 4-3 D-line in the business. This matchup worries me, we need Jake to take careful care of the ball especially early in the game (no fumbles).
This is a fairly pedestrian group. Don't get me wrong they get the job done but there is not a giant playmaker out there. Pierce is the closest and he seems to be missing tackles recently. Their job is made a lot easier because of their D-line. This is how a good 4-3 defense should be anyways.
Probably the most underrated aspect of the Giants. Webster is growing into one of the best CBs in the league. I think that Webster needs to be on Smitty or they have issues. Ross is solid but I think Smitty can abuse him. The play of the secondary is clearly enhanced by the defensive planning of Spag and their D line.
Edited by dksmith17, 17 December 2008 - 10:11 AM.