It’s been a fun couple weeks for the New York Giants. The G-Men have won two straight games, including a 45-14 beatdown over NFC East division rival Washington Redskins. Playing their best football of the season so far, the Giants are where they want to be, especially with having to play the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
The NFC South Division leading Falcons come in at 2-2 on the season, behind their high-powered offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan and star wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White. With an explosive offense to defend this Sunday, the Giants have been preparing to find a way to slow down this volatile Falcons offense and come out of Sunday’s game with a victory.
On how the Giants are preparing to defend the Falcons offense, Big Blue head coach Tom Coughlin said “We’re anxious to get back to work in our preparation for a very good Atlanta Falcon team. They started the year off with an outstanding win over New Orleans in the division. They are very skilled in all three phases, including special teams with Devin Hester.”
The Falcons not only have skill at the wide receiver position, but at the punt/kick returner spot with Devin Hester as well. Coach Coughlin on the the Falcons skill players and their big play ability said “Very skilled, very, very skilled team. Obviously the No. 1 offense in the league. A lot of firepower. Hester now being the fourth receiver, sometimes the third, so you’ve got a lot to defend, no doubt.”
Besides game planning to stop the Falcons explosive offense, the Giants on offense will be planning to find ways to attack Atlanta’s defense and try to contain defensive end and former Giant Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora is making his first return to MetLife stadium to face his former ballclub. During his time with the Giants, No. 72 helped Big Blue win two Super Bowl titles and was a crucial piece in New York’s dominant defensive line with Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and former Giant now Oakland Raider Justin Tuck.
Even though Umenyiora is an older player now and isn’t in 2007 form, he is still a very productive player. Coach Coughlin said on how the explosive pass-rusher has looked so far this season
“Like Osi. Very, very close on a lot of back-door plays, which he’s very, very good at. Quick, very fast. Because of his big play ability, the Giants offense needs to find ways to contain him and not let him be a factor in the game.
If the Giants can find ways to stop the Falcons high powered offense and contain Umenyiora, they will extend their winning to three games. But to do that the Giants need to keep being focused says Coughlin. On how the Giants can keep this winning streak alive, Coughlin said “To just continue to play well and win, that’s what we’re here for. That’s the message – to capture the very good preparation we’ve had for the last couple of weeks, the outstanding leadership on our team, the guys having been very, very focused, the young ones as well as the old ones. We need to continue all those things.
The Giants are currently 2-2 on the season and are only one game back of first place in the NFC East Division.