Excerpt: "As we try to do every Friday, let's take a look at a few things to watch Sunday when the New York Giants travel to the Georgia Dome for a critical game against the 11-2 Atlanta Falcons.[h=5]Giants' backs vs. Falcons' blitzers
OK, let's assume that Ahmad Bradshaw will not play. If I had to guess right now I think the Giants list him as 'doubtful,' and that Bradshaw (knee/foot) misses Sunday's game.
That means rookie David Wilson and his work-in-progress blocking skills will carry the bulk of the running load. I would expect increased snaps forKregg Lumpkin, particularly on third down, and I would also expect to see fullback Henry Hynoski in more one-back sets -- especially in passing situations.
Bradshaw is one of the best pass-blocking backs in football -- if not the absolute best. The Falcons, with linebackers Sean Witherspoon and Stephen Nicholas, and perhaps with occasional corner or safety blitzes, will probably test the remaining backs to see if they can take advantage of Bradshaw's absence. Will Wilson and Co. know there assignments, and will they be able to carry them out?
Eli Manning vs. Atlanta's secondary
It seems like Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel has made a living baiting Manning into interceptions. In eight career games against the Giants Samuel has picked off Manning three times. Falcons' free safety Thomas Decoud has five interceptions, and Atlanta also has veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson. The Giants should be able to make some plays against a Falcons' secondary ranked 16th in the league (234.9 yards per game) against the pass. Provided, that is, Manning throws the ball to the correct team." Read more...