The Giants look to add to their win streak when the Cardinals come to town on Sunday, what must the Giants do in order to win?
The Giants sit atop the NFC East with a 5-7 record. They have won 4 straight and their recent win was a defensive masterpiece against the 8-3 Seahawks. On Sunday, The Giants face another test in the form of the Kyler Murray led Cardinals. With the Football Team playing the 49ers, the Giants need to continue to win in order to stay atop the NFC East. The matchup with the Cardinals is not an easy one, so here are three keys to victory.
Keep Kyler in the Pocket:
At one point this season, Kyler Murray was in the MVP conversation as he could not be stopped. In the first nine weeks of the season, Kyler had at least one rushing TD in all but one game, as well as averaging at least two passing TDs. In week 10 against the Seahawks, Kyler was kept in the pocket and the Cardinals seemed lost. In that game, Kyler suffered a shoulder injury that is clearly still bothering him to this day. Kyler is most deadly when he is out of the pocket and it is clear that when you prevent him from using his legs, the Cardinals fail to put many things together. On their three game losing streak, Kyler has rushed for 15,31, and 15 yards in each of those three games. The Giants must force Kyler to throw the ball where he has often made mistakes recently.
Pound the Rock:
The Giants’ run game came alive against the Seahawks last week. The Seahawks at the time were 3rd in the league against the run, but that didn’t matter as the Giants rushed for a team total of 190 yards on 30 rushes. 135 of those yards came from Wayne Gallman who has been running with a lot of confidence lately. The Cardinals are 23rd in the league in terms of rushing yards per game at 123, and with Daniel Jones most likely staying in the pocket this week it is important for the Giants to establish a good rushing attack. The rushing attack will help Jones not have to use his legs as he returns from a hamstring injury.
Protect Daniel Jones:
This should always be a priority for the Giants, but this week it is even more important as Jones is coming off a hamstring injury. Jones is now known to be a threat with his legs as he is faster than a lot of people think, but this week it is important for Jones to not risk reinjury and stay in the pocket. In order to do that the line needs to make sure that Jones isn’t forced out of the pocket to do anything that isn’t needed. With the way the Giants line has been playing this shouldn’t be an issue but it is essential for the Giants to protect Jones, even more, this week.