Giants need their offense to step up this week
The New York Giants are in do-or-die mode with their playoff hopes slowly slipping away now that there are only two games left this season. Below are some things to watch for this week.
Giants’ defensive spy
I would imagine that New York defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will have one of his 11 defensive players spy Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson in an effort to keep him in check as a runner.
With Baltimore having a worse passing attack than the Giants I would have safety Jabrill Peppers follow Jackson everywhere. We will have to keep an eye on what Graham decides to do for this big game.
Ravens’ run game
Like the Giants, the Ravens are a run-first team. This is where defensive lineman Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence and Dalvin Tomlinson need to come in ready to fight up front and shut down running back J.K. Dobbins and company.
With Jones expected to play I’m looking to see if he’s able to run around unlike he was able to against the Arizona Cardinals a couple of weeks ago.
With the Giants being a one-dimensional team, having the added threat of Jones as a runner is huge for their offense.
Giants’ run game
Running back Wayne Gallman and company have been struggling the past two weeks and this doesn’t surprise me since opposing defenses are loading the box knowing that Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy can’t beat them primarily through the air.
New York’s offensive line have to play disciplined and do their jobs in order to open up running lanes.
The most consistent receiver the Giants have had this season has been tight end Evan Engram, which is why he’s headed to the Pro Bowl.
With how strong the Ravens’ secondary is, they will need to create plays for Engram so they can use him in the seam and underneath.