D.K. Metcalf is going to be a problem for the Giants
The New York Giants will have the biggest test of the season this coming Sunday as they prepare to face off against Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks.
Here are five things to watch this week:
Giants’ defensive front
Leoanrd Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Dalvin Tomlinson is going to have to make life very difficult for the Seahawks’ offensive line if they’re going to have any chance at slowing down their passing attack.
Williams is having a good season so far with six sacks and he’ll definitely need to add to that total this week.
D.K. Metcalf & Tyler Lockett
I know that DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals is considered the best wide receiver in the NFL, but I think Metcalf will take over that top spot in the near future. This guy is a monster and his speed alone is something to fear. He’s really a freak with the kind of speed he has at 6-foot-4.
I would imagine that the Giants will have cornerback James Bradberry following Metcalf around, but I’m not sure he’s going to be able to do much to slow him down.
Lockett also presents a problem for the Giants because he’s as good as most number one receivers in the NFL and the Giants already have to worry about Metcalf. New York can only pick one guy to double team. They will likely scheme up a zone coverage with Logan Ryan and Jabrill Peppers helping over the top.
I’m really not worried about Seattle’s run game because the Giants’ defense does a good job against the run. Their passing game scares me.
The Giants’ offense will only go as far as running back Wayne Gallman takes them right now with quarterback Daniel Jones nursing a hamstring injury.
The key for the Giants will be to slow this game down with Gallman and Alfred Morris in order to keep quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense off the field.
Like I mentioned above, I imagine that the Giants will have Peppers play over the top to help out with defending D.K. Metcalf. Whether that’s his job or not, he’s going to be a huge part of slowing down a scary Seahawks’ passing attack.
I believe Ryan will similarly play a huge role. Also rookie Xavier McKinney didn’t get many snaps last week on defense, I wonder if that will change this week.
Colt McCoy/Daniel Jones
We still don’t know if Jones will start this week. If he does, I really like the Giants’ chances of pulling out a win. If not, New York’s offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will have to be very conservative in his play calling while mixing in some things to throw Seattle’s defense off.
The good news is that the Seahawks have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The question is, can the Giants take advantage of them?