By: Marco Imperati
The Giants are 3-2. They came back to shut down the high flying Atlanta Falcons offense. Giants fans know that this Sunday night is the showdown that really will give a glimpse into who is the team to beat in the NFC East. The Giants will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football. If that doesn’t get you pumped up, I’m not sure what will!
Let’s take a look at what’s Rushing or Crushing for the New York Giants.
Rush– The offensive line looks cohesive and strong. They’re giving Eli Manning so much time. It’s amazing how confident Eli looks compared to one year ago.
Crush– A top performance is well noted but Atlanta came into MetLife Stadium with the 31st ranked defense.
Rush: Trumaine McBride. What an opportunistic, glue guy type of player. He reminds me of what Kevin Dockery brought to the secondary several years ago.
Crush: Special Teams turnover’s. They haven’t bit this team yet but Quintin Demps and Preston Parker have been inconsistent. All signs are pointing towards Odell Beckham Jr. next in line.
Rush: The 2014 Rookie Class. The Summer was all about Linebacker Devon Kennard. Bennet Jackson is a rookie the Giants chose to keep over veteran Charles James. But if the Giants are going to win the next two weeks, it’s going to come on the shoulders of Andre Williams, Weston Richburg and Beckham Jr.
Crush: Mental Mistakes. Jason Pierre Paul running into the punter was a questionable call but regardless, against a better team, those are the penalties that keep coaches up at night.
Rush: Great blitz pickup by Peyton Hillis before Josh Brown nailed a 50-yard field goal to bring the score to 27-20. Hillis hasn’t seen much time in the backfield, but he has played well in small spots and has been a bright spot on Special Teams.
Crush: The weak bulletin board “make something out of nothing” material that has gone on this week between the Eagles and Giants. Bottom line: To win, the Giants need to play flawless on Special Teams and shut down Lesean McCoy.