Monday Night Football Preview: New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons

Updated: Aug 2, 2019



New York Giants (1-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (2-4)

Preview

The Falcons are coming off of a big divisional win against the Bucs and could make it a streak this weekend against the anemic Giants offense. While the Giants have enough offensive weapons to put up points, they’re only averaging 19 per game. They’ve failed to get anyone in a rhythm outside of Saquon Barkley. While the Falcons have one of the worst defenses in the nation, their offense has been able to keep them in games, and this could be a game where the Falcons can run away with it and build some confidence.


Players to watch

Any running back against the Falcons defense is going to make this list, so keep an eye on Saquon Barkley to have a good day on the ground. Odell Beckham Jr. will have opportunities to make plays against a thin secondary as well, if Eli Manning can get him the ball consistently. With an injured Calvin Ridley, look for Julio Jones to be the focal point for quarterback Matt Ryan.


Keys to the game

New York Giants

  • Give Eli a clean pocket

  • Work short and intermediate routes to get into rhythm

  • Run with Barkley early and often

Atlanta Falcons

  • Collapse the pocket

  • Don’t let Barkley get easy yards

  • Get the ball to Julio in the red zone


Injury list

New York Giants

  • Russell Shepard, WR - Neck (Questionable)

  • Nate Solder, T - Neck (Questionable)

  • Olivier Vernon, LB - Ribs (Questionable)

  • Evan Engram, TE - Knee (Questionable)

  • Rhett Ellison, TE - Foot (Questionable)

Atlanta Falcons

  • Justin Bethel, CB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Grady Jarrett, DT - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Derrick Shelby, DE - Groin (Questionable)

  • Matt Bryant, K - Hamstring (Out)

  • Calvin Ridley, WR - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Mohamed Sanu, WR - Hip (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Saquon Barkley, RB (NYG)

  • Julio Jones, WR (ATL)

  • Odell Beckham Jr., WR (NYG)

  • Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)

  • Tevin Coleman, RB (ATL)


Prediction

The Falcons will take advantage of New York’s poor offensive chemistry and win at home. The Giants will see some offensive success and likely focus on getting Beckham and Barkley into open space, but it won’t be enough to keep up with the Falcons’ balanced attack. With two receivers on the injury report, the Falcons will rely on Julio Jones to do the heavy lifting, while Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith cash in on goal line snaps. Expect it to be another high scoring affair, with the Falcons winning by double digits.


Final Score: Falcons 31, Giants 21


Written by: Blake Hymel

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