Lots of good info in this article
- As previously mentioned, Giants quarterback Manning (+19.7) is also off to a hot start. He is tied for fourth in the NFL with 8.0 yards per attempt and makes the offense, with weapons like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, a very scary proposition, even for a defense of the 49ersí caliber.
- In recent years, the Giants have been known for their fierce pass rush and in particular their defensive lineís passing-down packages. However, the defensive ends have disappointed so far in this young season. Jason Pierre-Paul has been one of the leagueís best run defenders from the defensive end position, but his productivity as a pass-rusher (ranked only 15th among 4-3 ends) hasnít blown anybody away. On the opposite side, Justin Tuck has managed only a paltry six total QB pressures in 121 attempts. Coming on the back of his new contract, Osi Umenyioraís 10 pressures (giving him a Pass Rush Productivity rating of only 6.7), is scant reward for the teamís faith, and is good for only 24th at his position. While the D-line certainly has the potential to be great, they will need to step it up and get to the passer in this contest.
- If there is any position group on San Francisco that hasnít been outstanding so far, it would have to be the secondary. Second-year man Chris Culliver has been excellent, only allowing a reception every 29 snaps in coverage. However, starting cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Carlos Rodgers have combined to allow 450 yards and an NFL QB rating of 101.3 when QBs throw into their coverage, and they have not been able to build off a strong 2011 campaign. Of the two starting safeties, Dashon Goldson has been the teamís strongest player in pass coverage, while Donte Whitner has been the weakest. Heís also missed an NFL fourth-worst eight tackles, one more than he missed in the whole of 2011 including the playoffs. They will face a very tough task against Manning and a great group of Giants receivers.
- As for the Giants, their run blocking efficiency actually went up after losing David Diehl to injury. Only two offensive tackles have a higher run block rating than William Beatty, who has stepped in and played very well indeed. That said, the rest of the Giantsí line has managed only a -1.8 run block rating as a group. Sparingly-used full back Henry Hynoski has performed well as a blocker, but overall the Giants will have a much tougher time running the ball this week.
So it's like I said before: The 49ers secondary isn't anything to be scared of and Beatty of course can't run block .