These are two teams falling on hard times as the Falcons have lost 3 of their last 4 games while the Giants have lost four in a row. The problem for both teams have been defense recently as the Falcons have allowed 117 points in the last 4 weeks while the Giants have allowed 133 points the last four games. So this should be a high scoring game in which the team with the ball last could be the winner. The Falcons will likely come out throwing the ball due to the injury to Michael Turner which will likely cause him to miss this game. That means that Matt Ryan will have to pick up his play against a Giants’ D that is only allowing 168.0 yards passing per game. Look for Ryan to challenge the Giants short with Tony Gonzalez and deep often with Roddy White. The Falcons will also run the ball some with Jason Snelling and Jerious Norwood (if he’s healthy enough to play) against a Giants’ D that is allowing 104.3 yards rushing and 4.5 yards per carry so far this year.
The Giants will likely come out running the ball with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw against a Falcons’ D that is allowing 130.3 yards rushing per game and 4.6 yards per carry. That should set up Eli Manning with play action passing to his talented trio of WRs in Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks. The Falcons are allowing 240.7 yards passing per game this season so don’t look for much of a fight out of them when Eli Manning drops back to pass.
PREDICTION: GIANTS 38, FALCONS 28