Game Overview ::
- A battle of teams who will likely play conservatively, although for different reasons.
- Tennessee’s identity “run and defend” will be tested this season due to offensive line and defensive personnel issues.
- New York will likely bring a lot of pressure, making things difficult for a Titans receiving corps devoid of separators.
- By far the biggest X-Factor in this game will be how aggressive head coach Brian Daboll decides to be in his first real game with Daniel Jones under center.
How new york Will Try To Win ::
A new sheriff is in town for the Giants, with Brian Daboll entering his first season as an NFL head coach. Daboll was a hot commodity on the NFL coaching scene this off-season, as teams battled for his services and he had quite a few options. The fact that he chose the Giants is encouraging for their short and long-term offensive outlook. The Giants have several very talented pieces on their roster and Daboll designed the NFL’s most prolific offenses for the Bills over the last several years.
Looking to this year, we can be cautiously optimistic about this team as Daboll’s scheme seems to fit the personnel already in place. A spread-style offensive scheme should play to the strengths of QB Daniel Jones and the rest of the skill players and give them a chance to play a much more fun, uptempo style than we’ve seen from the Giants in years past. This is a team who ran a QB sneak on 3rd and 8 from their own 5-yard line last season. The Giants have multiple wide receivers (Kadarius Toney and Wandale Robinson) who are very good at creating separation and gaining yards after the catch, along with a finally healthy Saquon Barkley. Jones has struggled with accuracy and consistency during his NFL career but should benefit from a scheme that allows him to see things better and gives him a greater margin for error due to fewer tight window throws.
New York’s approach to this game will be interesting to see against a Tennessee defense that ranked 2nd in the league in 2021 in yards per carry allowed and just lost their 2021 sack leader, Harold Landry, for the season. The Titans also finished in the bottom-5 in the NFL in 2021 in blitz percentage, indicating their preference to sit back and play coverage. On paper, this sets up as a game for the Giants to spread the field and use a pass-heavy game plan to get the ball to their playmakers in space with short area work, scheming them open and looking for holes in coverage to sit down in and create yards after the catch. The Titans will likely maintain what worked for them last year, trusting their front to create pressure from the interior and sitting back in coverage waiting for the Giants to get too aggressive or Jones to make mistakes.