Behind Enemy Lines With Ken Palmer, Part 1

Ed Thompson asked Ken Palmer,'s Editor, some questions about the New York Giants as part of our pre-game analysis for this weekend's game. Get his insider perspective in the first of our two-part series with Ken.

Ed Thompson: Who's the Giants player that Colts fans are least likely to know, but will undoubtedly know by the end of Sunday night?

Ken Palmer:  Tim Carter. New York's third receiver had arguably the best camp of anybody. He's extremely quick, but also very strong and physical. If the Colts are able to take away Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, there's a good chance that Carter can and will beat them. A former second-round pick, he's been slowed by numerous injuries during his first four seasons. This appears to be his coming-out campaign.

ET:  Do you expect to see a balanced attack offensively, or do you think they will see if they can use the ground game to keep Manning off the field?

KP:  The Giants did an excellent job last season of balancing the pass and the run. Expect more of the same Sunday night. Of course, they're going to try to establish Tiki Barber on the ground to set up the pass, not so much to keep the other Manning off the field, as to make life easier on their Manning. However, if the Colts can stop New York's running attack it could be a long night for Eli. 

ET:  Are there any significant injury situations that could impact the outcome of this game?

KP:  LaVar Arrington's knee continues to be an issue. He swears that he'll be 100 percent ready to go, but since he's been limited during camp and recent practices, the Giants had to list Arrington as probable. It says here that it'll be a weekly occurrence that Arrington misses some of the practice week, but still suits up and plays well on Sunday. His presence could turn this from a good defense to a great unit.

  What's the key matchup in this game that the Giants will have to win to come out with a victory?

KP:  The Giants secondary needs to contain Marvin Harrison. Big Blue totally revamped its defensive backfield, including its starting corners – second-year second-round pick Corey Webster and free agent signee Sam Madison. New York is also hopeful that its pass rush will be able to ease the jobs of the DBs. Expect New York to utilize both the veteran Madison, a three-time Pro Bowler in Miami, and the youthful Webster on Harrison.

ET:  FB Jim Finn is a former Colt. Will Colts fans see him in the backfield or just on special teams?

KP:  Finn will be Tiki Barber's caddy on most rushing downs. Don't expect to see him get the rock at all, but he could be the intended receiver a time or two. Finn also is likely to serve as the lead blocker for Chad Morton on kickoff returns, a job he inherited due to the foot injury to Derrick Ward. Finn might be overlooked by the fans and media, but his close buddy Barber certainly appreciates his efforts.

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