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Cardinals @ Giants Preview

Setting the Stage
Giants are 2 & 4 - third in the NFC East. They lost to NE 35 to 14 in their most recent outing.

Giants Lose to New England
Pats forced four turnovers and remained undefeated. NE scored first, were tied well into the second quarter and maintained a one TD lead before pulling away with 14 unanswered points in the 4Q. Of the 49 combined points scored by the two teams, 21 came from pick-six or fumble-six points scored off turnovers.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

NE TD - New England blocked punt attempt by Riley Dixon. Chase Winovich returned for 6 yards (Mike Nugent made PAT). NE 7 - NYG 0

2nd Quarter

NE TD - Brandon Bolden rushed to the left for 1 yard touchdown (Mike Nugent made PAT). NE 14 - NYG 0

NYG TD - Daniel Jones passed to Golden Tate to the right for 64 yard touchdown (Aldrick Rosas made PA. NE 14 - NYG 7

NYG TD 4:38 Tom Brady fumbled. Markus Golden recovered fumble and returned for 42 yard touchdown (Aldrick Rosas made PAT). NE 14 - NYG 14

NE TD- Tom Brady rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown (Mike Nugent made PAT). NE 21- NYG 14

3rd Quarter

No Scoring.

4th Quarter

NE TD - Daniel Jones passed to Jon Hilliman to the right for 8 yard loss. Jon Hilliman fumbled. Kyle Van Noy recovered fumble and returned for 22 yard touchdown (Mike Nugent made PAT). NE 28 - NYG 14

NE TD - Tom Brady rushed up the middle for 1 yard touchdown (Mike Nugent made PAT). NE 35 - NYG 14

Giants in a Nutshell
Most of the Giant buzz centers on their rookie QB (Daniel Jones) and second year RB (Saquon Barclay). Jones is a taller, more traditionally cut QB than Kyler Murray. Barclay comes off injury.

QB ...08 Jones...10 Manning...03 Tanney

Running Backs
RB....26 Barclay...xx Allen...22 Gallman....39 E Penny

Wide Receivers
WR...15 Tate....12 Latimer...86 Slayton
WR ..87 Shepard....17 Core...18 Fowler

Tight Ends
TE...88 Engram...89 Dickerson
TE...85 Ellison...82 K Smith

Offensive Line
LT...76 Solder...62 Slade
LG...71 Hernandez...65 Gates
OC...75 Halapio...77 Pulley
RG..70 Zeitler
RT...74 Remmers...79 E Smith

Cardinal Defense

Defensive Interior Line
LDE - 97 Z Allen...90 Bullard...91 Dogbe
NT - 98 Peters, 92 Kerr
RDE - 95 Gunter, 93 McDonald

SAM - 55 C Jones, 50 Reed
ILB - 43 Reddick, 59 Walker, xx R Wilson
MLB - 58 Hicks, 42 Gardeck...47 Z Turner
WILL - 56 Suggs, 54 Marsh Sr

Defensive Backs
RCB - 33 Murphy...21 P Peterson...27 K Peterson
LCB - 20 Brock......T Williams
SS - 35 D Thompson...38 Banjo
FS - 32 Baker...38 J Thompson... 28 C Washington...
40 Tillman*

Giants Passing Attack vs. Cardinal Pass Defense
Jones is passing for 184.2 yds per game with 5 TD's, 6 Inyd and a 74.1 QB rating, He may have the most talented (& expensive) backup passer in the NFL in Eli Manning. Jones' favorite target is (surprise! surprise!) a TE (E. Engram) with 33 catches and 2 TD's. S Shepard has 25 grabs. Golden Tate only has 9 catches but has been a traditional "Cardinal killer" all the way back into his Seattle days.

Cardinal secondary was notable for alowing wide receivers to outrun its corners on slant routes. It will sport a different look (& hopefully more production with the arrival of previously suspended Patrick Peterson. PP21's presence should also take some of the pressure of younger Cardinal corners Murphy, K Peterson and safeties B BAker and the "Thompson Twins." Recent signing of T Williams should help stabilize the the unit's floor."

Key Matchups - Engram vs. D Thompson. Tate vs. P Peterson. Shepard vs. Murphy. Slayton vs, Brock. Jones and Suggs vs. Solder and Remmers

Matchup: Giants Rushing Attack vs. Cardinal Run Defense
In Barclay, Giants may have, arguably, one of the best RB's in pro football. He's averaging 6.4 ypc (gaining 237 yds on 37 carries). Only one TD. He's backed up by Gallman (107 yds/ 4.0 ypc) and E Penny (36 yds / 3.3 ypc. "Feel good story of the year" may have recently surfaced with the arrival of newcomer Allen

Key Matchups - Barclay vs. Hicks...Allen vs. Reddick. Hernandez, Halapio and Zeitler vs Z Allen, Peters, Gunter

Cardinals Offense
So far, young Murray's trajectory has been upward each week and amazingly consistent for a rookie. Hidden beneath all his "wow" plays has been a remarkable lack of fumbles, interceptions and other miscues. His stats: 277.3 passing yds per game, 7 TD's and 4 Ints (none recent) and an 87.6 QBR. Cards like to use multi-receiver sets and Murray is unaffraid to spread the ball around among the likes of Fitz, Kirk, Cooper, Byrd or KS Johnson.

01 Murray, 07 Hundley

Running Back
31 D Johnson, 29 Edmonds, 37 Foster

Wide Receivers
WR - 11 Fitzgerald...89 Isabella,
WR - 19 KS Johnson...14 Byrd
WR - 13 Kirk...6 Sherfield...12 Cooper

Tight Ends
TE - 85 Clay, 87 M Williams....xx Daniels

Offensive Line
LT- ...74 Humphries...66 Miles,
LG - 67 Pugh
OC- 53 Shipley, 52 Cole
RG- 64 Sweezy, 65 Gailliard.
RT - 71 J Murray...78 Toth

Giants Defense

Defensive Line
DL...95 Hill...90 McIntosh
DL....94 Tomlinson...72 Pierre
DL...97 Lawrence

SAM...44 Golden...53 Ximinize
ILB...47 Ogletree...55 Mayo...48 Tauaefa
$LB...58 Davis
WLB...59 L Carter...54 Skipper...43 Peace

Defensive Backs
LCB....27 Baker...30 Hamilton...25 Ballentine
RCB...20 J Jenkins...34 Haley
SS.....21 Peppers...31 Thomas
FS.....41 Bethea...36 Chandler...24 Love

Matchup: Cardinal Passing Attack vs. GiantsPass Defense
Giants pass defense features Dexter Lawrence at DE, former Cardinal LB Golden at SAM backer, Janoris Jenkins at corner, J Peppers at SS and another James Bettcher student and former Cardinal safety in Bethea). Cards like to involve their RB's (D Johnson) and C Edmonds in the passing game. Fitz leads all Card receivers with 35 catches for 427 yards. Second on the team is running back (Johnson) with grabs followed by Kirk (24 catches for 242 yds).

Key Matchups:
K Murray and his legs vs. Davis...Fitz vs. J Jenkins...Cardinal "spread it around" pass offiense vs. entire Giant secondary. Peppers vs. D Johnson or Edmonds.

Matchup: Cardinal Running Attack vs. Giants Run Defense
Both D Johnson and Chase Edmonds picked up consistent ground and air yardage last week. Their presence removes some of the pressure on Murray and his receivers. Johnson is averaging 3.9 (3.9 ypc for the season. Edmonds is averaging 6.7 ypc. The Cardinals' statistical "secret weapon" (Murray) has gained 238 yds on 39 carries (6.1 ypc).

Key Matchups
D Johnson or C Edmonds vs. Golden, Lawrence, Cardinal OL vs. Giant Front 7.

Special Teams
The return of Lee upgraded this unit. Gonzalez had a strong game last week vs. Atlanta (but you never know from week to week), A kicking game comparison contrasts Gonzalez (16 for 19 FG attempts) with Rosas (4 of 5). Tate has home run potential.

Giants Special Teams

K      02 Rosas
P ..... 09 Dixon
H      09 Dixon
LS     51 De Ossie
KR  ..25 Ballentine
PR    15 Tate

Cardinals Special Teams
P - ...02 Lee
K- ....05 Gonzalez
H - ...02 Lee
LS - 46 Brewer
KR - 89 Isabella...12 Cooper
PR - 13 Kirk...14 Byrd....12 Cooper

Matchup Giants Special Teams vs. Cardinal Special Teams
We like Lee over Dixon and Gonxalez vs. Rosas. While Card returners are okay, Tate flat-out scares us.

Key Matchups
Cardinal advantage in the kicking game could be the difference maker. .

Coaching / Intangibles
HC Pat Schurmer...OC Mike Shula. DC (& Card alum) Jim Bettcher ...ST: Thomas McGaughey. Former Cardinal players dot the defensive depth chart. Card defense seems to be gradually improving under DC Vance Joseph, but we have an enormous respect for Bettcher and his aggressive approach to defensive football.

How to Beat Giants
Stop Barclay. Take Engram out of the receiving equation. Put pressure on Jones. Win turnover/miscue battles. Pick spots offensively.

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