Wild Card Preview: Falcons at Giants
@steven_lebron - Atlanta Falcons
My favorite match-up of the week. Anytime you have two teams that have underachieved in the first round, you’re bound for hilarity, redemption and disappointment. The perfect ingredients for a crazy first round game. This is as much about what I don’t like about the Giants than it is about what I like in Atlanta. The Giants talk a lot for a 9-7 team. Brandon Jacobs calling out Rex Ryan, and this week Justin Tuck calling out the Falcons’ offensive line. Is Tom Coughlin okay with this? Last I checked, this Giants team hasn’t even won a playoff game since their Super Bowl win. And suddenly we’re suppose to believe this inconsistent squad will get it together and make a run? Hard to fathom. I think Matt Ryan gets his first playoff win and Julio Jones has a big game to justify the trade at least for this year. For one team, a playoff win will justify a disappointing regular season. For the other, lots of questions headed to the off-season. Again, this will be fun.
@nhall - New York Giants
I worry that any argument I make for the Giants will actually curse their playoff chances. This team is so strange. They do better when the odds are stacked against them and crumble under prosperity. It’s bizarre. They’ve been plagued by injuries and have no running game to speak of yet Eli Manning is playing out of his skull. They beat the Patriots and hung close to the Packers but got swept by the Redskins. I guess it’s a positive that this game will be in New Jersey - the Giants don’t really have much of a home field advantage. They won about half their home games, one of them being a road team against the Jets. Maybe it’s more of a negative for the Falcons than a positive for Giants. Playing outdoors in the crazy wind might effect Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan, who has still never won a playoff game. I look for that streak to continue. So far Ryan had appeared in two playoff games where he threw 3 touchdowns and four interceptions. He could have another long day if the Giants can get a consistent pass rush. For the Giants, Manningham could have a nice day if Grimes is still out. Plus the Giants have one of the most exciting weapons in football, Yards After the Catch CRUUUUUUUUUUUZZ!
I too am very much looking forward to this one, I just have no idea what to expect.