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. We’ve made it halfway through the season and the Giants are 5-3 after a steady start, but not really setting the world alight.
Week 10 – Home v Cincinnati Bengals – LOSS
The Giants begin the second half of their season with what appears to be a fairly evenly matched game against eh Bengals, who will be reeling after a loss at Wembley to the Redskins. Andy Dalton lights up the Giants secondary with AJ Green having a monster game and maybe even rookie Tyler Boyd getting in on the action. Eli Manning struggles to generate much on offence as the Bengals D despite some losses and the fact it’s ageing; still performs well and the Giants lose a squeaker.
Week 11 – Home v Chicago Bears – LOSS
Two consecutive home losses?! Yep, this is vintage New York Giants, expect the unexpected really. This is a fast improving Bears team under John Fox and they may well finish with a comfortable losing record but I can’t see them being an easy proposition for any team to face. If Jay Cutler can put in the old-style jay Cutler performance, then paired with Alshon Jeffery and a now fit again Kevin White; it’ll cause fits for the Giants secondary.
Week 12 – Away @ Cleveland Browns – WIN
After a couple of tough losses, they’ll be glad they have to face the Browns in order to get back on track with a nice win over a rebuilding Cleveland team that more and more looks like they could be a force in 2/3 years time (once they figure out their train wreck of a QB position). RGIII continues to play mediocre enough to not be dropped and chucks a couple of turnovers, whilst Eli and offence put up a 30 burger which is more than enough for an easy win.
Week 13 – Away @ Pittsburgh Steelers – LOSS
Remember when I wrote about the Giants v Saints game back in Week 2, this has a very similar feel to it of both defences going on holiday for the day and several points for everybody; but unlike the clash against the Saints, the Giants come up just short. I think that with Le’Veon Bell fully fit and has now has many weeks to be up to speed and be at his destructive best; but also potentially the key to this may be that there Ladarius Green is likely to be back by this point and he could be deadly in Big Ben’s offence. It’s a weak linebacking corps in New York, and they will struggle to cover such a matchup nightmare in Ladarius Green, this leaves the Giants at 6-6 and despite the underwhelming record they still have a chance at the NFC East title.
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