Game Overview ::
By Mike Johnson >>
- Shockingly, this game features a matchup of the two teams with the best combined record (10-6) of all games on the Week 8 slate.
- Two previously left-for-dead quarterbacks, Daniel Jones and Geno Smith, are in the midst of career-best seasons.
- Both teams have a middling pace of play but can be pushed to increase the tempo when the situation dictates.
- Red zone struggles by both offenses and defenses that have tightened up in scoring zones recently will keep scoring expectations in check.
How new york Will Try To Win ::
The Giants are one of the more surprising teams in the NFL through seven weeks and keep finding ways to win. While this New York offense doesn’t look like the offense we saw from head coach Brian Daboll during his time with the Bills, that makes sense as any good coach builds their offense around the strengths of the players. At the center of the Giants offense is Saquon Barkley, who is having a resurgent season with his health holding up. He has been the engine for an offense that has been consistent despite mediocre offensive line play and a receiving corps made up largely of replacement-level or lower talents. Additionally, Daniel Jones is having a career year and is currently setting career highs in completion percentage, QB rating, and wins (his six wins this season are more than the Giants have had in any full season since Jones was drafted). Most of the offense revolves around those two players, with Barkley being used as a workhorse on the ground while also leading the team in targets through seven games. Jones has also been a huge threat on the ground, averaging nearly 50 rushing yards per game and quickly approaching his career high in rushing yards for a season.
Looking at how the Giants will approach this game, it is likely to be more of the same with a game plan built around Barkley that also gives Jones some quick, easy reads and opportunities to use his legs to extend plays and/or pick up yards. The Giants run the ball at the 6th highest rate in the NFL and play at a middle of the pack tempo. The Giants have been very conservative when they do throw the ball, as Jones has a very pedestrian 3.6 average intended air yards which reflects the Giants focus on passes to Barkley out of the backfield and in the short areas of the field to their plethora of non-elite athletes in the receiving corps. This week, the Giants face a Seattle defense that has shown drastic improvement the last two weeks after some awful performances against Detroit and New Orleans. Seattle’s defense has performed much better at home than on the road this year, which should be no surprise considering the raucous crowd that they always have on their side. The Giants will certainly look to keep the crowd at bay and lean heavily on Barkley and short area passing to stay out of 3rd and long situations where the crowd noise will really become an issue. Another interesting angle to consider is how Seattle’s defense will handle the rushing ability of Daniel Jones. The Seahawks have shifted to playing significantly more man coverage in the last few weeks and that resulted in them giving up a 100-yard rushing game to Kyler Murray just two weeks ago. A few extra designed runs for Jones in this spot would not be surprising.
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