The 5-7 New York Giants look to extend their winning streak to five and remain tops in the NFC East against the 6-6 Arizona Cardinals.
The Giants come off shocking the NFL world, beating the Seattle Seahawks, 17-12, at Lumen Field.
Last week, the Cardinals lost their third straight game, a 10-point defeat by the Los Angeles Rams.
Arizona is a two-point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
2019 Draft’s Finest
Murray has played four more games, but both hold 16 career losses. However, both have had stronger sophomore campaigns, with their teams in position to make the playoffs.
Both are mobile and threats to a defense. The Giants defense passed last week’s test in Russell Wilson with flying colors, and containing Murray will be the top priority.
Daniel Jones is listed as questionable with the strained hamstring that kept him out of last week’s game. Reports say he’ll be under center, but whether his effectiveness with his legs is still there will be shown in this game.
(Editor’s Note: Per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, expect to see some of Colt McCoy in action, even if Daniel Jones suits up.)
The Cardinals have played Russell Wilson twice, Teddy Bridgewater, Tua Tagovailoa, and Cam Newton; they are 1-4 in those games. Arizona’s defense has experience against quarterbacks with running ability but hasn’t executed a gameplan in containing them.
Wayne Gallman had the best day of his career last Sunday, as he put up 135 yards on 16 carries.
The Giants posted their season-high in rushing yards and eighth game with 100 yards on the ground. Back in Week 1, New York didn’t eclipse 30, and the best rushing game beforehand was from Daniel Jones posting 92 yards in Week 7.
This recent surge should also be credited to the O-line and notably Andrew Thomas, who has steadily improved in his rookie season.
Arizona has allowed the 12th-most rushing yards per game but has the sixth-most tackles for loss.
Establishing a ground game will alleviate pressure off Jones and expand the play-calling ability for Jason Garrett.
One Game at a Time
The Giants are coming off their best win since arguably 2016, while Arizona has lost four of their last five.
New York could easily look over their opponent. Thus far, Joe Judge and his staff have run a tight ship, and the organization as a whole gives the perception they haven’t read into their press clippings.
But this is a young team and a franchise that hasn’t been in this spot in a while.
I think an indication will be the results of the first offensive and defensive possession to see how the Giants react.
All previous signs point toward an even-keeled focused roster and well-executed game plan from Big Blue for this Sunday.
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