Monday Night Football this week takes us to Atlanta for a matchup that looked like a pretty big mismatch when the season started, but due to injuries on the Atlanta Falcons front, is now appearing to be a much more even matchup and a game that could possibly go either way.
Giants offense vs Falcons defense
The Falcons are dealing a with a lot of season-ending injuries and the majority of their major injuries to key players are to players on the defensive side of things. When healthy, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen make up one of the better safety tandems in the NFL, but they are both on IR, and Deion Jones is a stud at middle linebacker for the team and he’s out for the season. Not having these three big-time players in action tonight will be a huge loss.
The Giants of course have two dynamic play-makers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, but other than those two they’ve struggled big time on offense and the main reasons for that is that Eli Manning isn’t very good anymore and even more so, their offensive line has been terrible.
Yes the Falcons are beat up on defense and they’ve really struggled since some of those injuries occurred, but I think still having guys like Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett up front, will mean they can wreak some havoc on that Giants offensive line and blow things up and slow them down.
I’m still expecting Beckham Jr. and Barkley to make some plays, but not enough to carry the offense to a huge game.
Falcons offense vs Giants defense
The Giants defense is better than their offense, but they still haven’t been a great unit. The Falcons do have some big players out for the season on offense in Andy Levitre and Devonta Freeman, but they still have some really good pieces with Tevin Coleman, Matt Ryan and of course the trio of receivers with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley.
The Falcons offense has improved as this years gone on in their second season having their plays called by Steve Sarkisian, and even with no Levitre or Freeman, I think they can produce a good game in this one and put up some good numbers, mostly because of those receivers. They will really be able to test what is a pretty thin cornerback unit for the Giants.
The Giants defensive front is really going to have to put some pressure on Matt Ryan if they want to put themselves in a position to win this game.
I’ll give the edge to the Falcons here.
If these teams were healthy it would easily be a Falcons win, but with some of the key injuries Atlanta has, it evens things out a lot, but I’m still going to go with them to win this game at home just because I think the Giants are that bad offensively.