As a series of articles, we look at game by game predictions for each NFC East team; the third team we’re going to looking at is Twickenham bound, New York Giants and their quest to put a 3rd ring on Eli Manning’s hand. After a 3-1 start, we look at a tough stretch for this squad as they look to continue their hot start whilst mixing in a trip to Twickenham
Week 5 – Away @ Green Bay Packers – LOSS
There won’t be a much harder game for most NFC teams this season than a trip to Lambeau field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. A team that slowly got better last year and A-Rod now has his favourite weapon back in Jordy Nelson, who it was astonishingly obvious that they sorely missed last year. Their defence isn’t going to be a stopper this year, but it’s going to be in the middle of the pack without giving too much away week in week out. Usually in this kind of game the Giants lead with 2 minutes to go and decide to run 3 straight pass plays that go incomplete and blow the game. I don’t think they’ll get blown out and they’ll give the Cheeseheads a bit of a scare but in the end, the quality will tell and the Giants will fall to 3-2.
Week 6 – Home v Baltimore Ravens – WIN
I am extremely high on the Ravens this year and think they genuinely have a shot at going on a decent play-off run; however at this point in the season I can see this being the perfect matchup for the Giants. The Ravens running game is likely to be in flux with their supposed 4-headed-beast I personally think Forsett will be demoted to backup, leaving either Terrance West or Buck Allen to carry the torch. Both have shown promise, but this is going to be a vicious Giants run defence this year and they’ll snuff out all signs of a ground game from Baltimore; and who knows who’s going to be at Wide Receiver for the Ravens with all their injuries. Baltimore to lose a close one here to the Giants, and OBJ will embarrass the Ravens still average secondary.
Week 7 – Away @ Los Angeles Rams (at Twickenham) – LOSS
Are you kidding?! They can beat the Giants but not the Rams?! I here you cry, but this is once again, all about matchups, this Rams defence is one of very few I fancy to contain Beckham this year, and with Aaron Donald chasing the Quarterback, you hardly give have much time to find OBJ. Then you have Todd Gurley who can run through any defence that give him a tiny crack of space up the middle or round the outside. Keenum has looked rejuvenated this pre-season and he has some interesting weapons in Tavon Austin and Pharoah Cooper to throw too, and I think in the first ever game at Twickenham, the Rams upset the odds and the British fans are happy they get to see two young studs in Gurley and Beckham.
Week 9 – Home v Philadelphia Eagles – WIN
After a well earned bye the Giants now sit at 4-3 in the NFC East and are right in the hunt if they can kick on late, and their hopes are boosted by a win against divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles recently announced that Carson Wentz would be their starter this season, and as with almost all rookie Quarterbacks, there will be growing pains. The Giants defence finally looks like a unit and makes a fool of Wentz and his substandard offensive weapons.
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