The NY Giants head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals this Sunday, October 2nd, 2011. Coming off their big win against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, the Giants are feeling good about themselves, despite the numerous injuries that have shaken the look of the team. The Cardinals are coming off two straight losses and looking to rebound behind Kevin Kolb.
The Giants will look to build on the stellar performance of the receiving squad last week, where Manning threw for 4 touchdowns and the receivers were able to dominate Philadelphia’s vaunted secondary. Facing a secondary that is not nearly as potent, at least on paper, and getting Mario Manningham back should help them towards that goal.
On the defensive side, recent reports have Osi Umenyiora at a 50/50 chance to take the field for the first time this season which should only bolster the defense, as Jason Pierre-Paul has broken out and led the team while Umenyiora has been out and Justin Tuck has still been building up after getting injured during the preseason.
Key Player: Aaron Ross – Ross moved up the depth chart when Terrell Thomas went down for the season and it paid dividends last week as Ross came up with two interceptions during the Giants win over Philadelphia. Can he produce as much this week against Kolb while staring down Larry Ftizgerald and the other Cardinals wide outs? We’ll find out at game time, but if Ross produces it will throw Arizona off their game, which would have a domino effect for the Giants defense.
Prediction: Arizona is hungry but the Giants are rolling. While ESPN and friends focus on why the Eagles lost and whether or not the hit that took Michael Vick out was dirty, they aren’t looking at how the Giants dominated Philly on both sides of the ball. The Cardinals are home but taking on Eli Manning at the site of his greatest victory. Count on Eli to set the pace and the defense to bring it straight to Kolb.
NY Giants 24 Arizona Cardinals 14
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