New York Giants vs Atlanta Falcons : The Atlanta Falcons were counting on a fast start to the season with a schedule that featured five of their first seven games at home before the bye. It hasn’t exactly worked out. At 2-4 heading into Monday night’s home game against the New York Giants, Atlanta now faces an uphill battle to a playoff berth.
New York Giants vs Atlanta Falcons
But perhaps all is not lost. A couple of late blown leads could come back to haunt them, but the Falcons are a couple plays from being 4-2 or even 5-1. And they have won two of three inside the NFC South, so they still control their own destiny. But none of that will matter if they don’t take care of business against the Giants.
Everything about the Giants screams “rebuild” except for the fact that they bet on Eli Manning still having something left in the tank. Unfortunately, he is running on fumes. While his numbers are not bad on the surface, he is a sitting duck behind a bad offensive line and on pace to take 53 sacks, which would be a career-high. If there was something left, opponents are beating it out of him.
As we mentioned above, when Manning isn’t getting hit, he is actually putting up numbers. His 68.7 completion percentage would be a career-best, his interception percentage is lower than it has ever been by far, and he’s on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Of course, none of that adds up to much when the Giants are 1-5, but he could silence his critics for another week against the Falcons.
Atlanta is missing half of its starting secondary plus star linebacker Deion Jones, and it shows. The defense ranks 29th against the pass, 30th in total yards allowed and 31st in points allowed. Only four teams have fewer than Atlanta’s 10 sacks. If the Giants can’t move the ball on Monday, perhaps Eli’s time truly has come.