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Game 2 preview
Sunday Sept 17, 4:05 PM - Giants at Cardinals

Giants (0-1) Cardinals (0-1)
Last Sunday in Washington, the Cardinals saw their 6 point lead disappear early in the fourth quarter. The Commanders kept up the pressure and added a field goal to wrap up the game with a 20-16 win.
The Giants opening day game did not go well against the Dallas Cowboys. Down 16-0 at the end of the second quarter, they also failed to score in the second half, giving the Cowboys a 40-0 win.

Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals won only one home game last season, and finished up with a 4-13 record. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim stepped away to focus on his health, and Jonathan Gannon became the new head coach. Gannon is familiar with the Giants as he was the defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons. The team made some sudden player changes right before the start of the season that have left some analysts guessing.

Arizona Cardinals Offense
Things likely would have played out better for the Cardinals last week if quarterback Kyler Murray was available, but he is still recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee, and he will miss this game as well. Many expected two year backup Colt McCoy to be the starter, but he was suddenly cut from the team just two weeks before the season started. In a trade involving draft picks with Cleveland, Joshua Dobbs, who had appeared in just 8 games in his six year career, and has thrown for 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, became the Cardinals starter.
As expected with a quarterback having only two weeks to become familiar with the team and the players, the offense was not in sync. Dobbs did complete 21 of 30 passes for 132 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, but a sack fumble led to the Commanders taking a one point lead. Late in the fourth quarter Dobbs fumbled the ball away, and that led to a four point deficit they couldn't overcome.
James Conner was the top rusher the last two years, and he had 14 carries for 62 yards. Conner also has averaged about 8 yards a catch over his career, but against the Commanders he had 5 receptions for 8 yards. Top receiver Deandre Hopkins was released by the Cardinals in the offseason, and Rondale Moore and Marquise Brown each caught 3 passes, with tight end Zach Ertz leading the team with 6 receptions for 21 yards. Ertz is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last year.

Arizona Cardinals Defense
The team brought in a defensive minded head coach, and it seems to have served them well. Jonathan Gannon also enlisted Nick Rallis, his former linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Last week the Cardinals kept the Washington Commanders off balance all game with their pass rush. They came up with six sacks, which is quite impressive considering the team had a total of just 36 in all of last season. Add to that the fact that J.J. Watt retired, and Zack Allen left in free agency, and those two were responsible for 18 of those sacks last year.
Aside from the six sacks by five different players, the defense hit Washington with six tackles for losses, one interception, and two fumble recoveries, with one becoming a defensive touchdown. Kyzir White was also brought over from the Eagles, and this linebacker had 110 tackles last year. White led the aggressive defense last week with 9. In the secondary, safetys Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson work very well together, but the cornerback spot took a hit when Byron Murphy left in free agency.

Giants Offense
The only good news for the Giants offensive line is that the Cardinals defense, despite their good showing last week, is nowhere as intimidating as the one the Giants faced last week. Daniel Jones was sacked 7 times. The right side of the line provided the worst protection, and that was mostly on guard Mark Glowinski, and tackle Evan Neal. It didn't help that on the other side their best linemen, left tackle Andrew Thomas, suffered a strained hamstring early on, and had to deal with that for the rest of the game.
Their best numbers last week came from the running game, but it's hard to stay with that when you need to score points to stay in the game. Saquon Barkley had 12 carries for 51 yards before he was pulled from the game, and the Giants will be looking to capitalize on his skills. Working under constant pressure, Jones had only 2 long completions, a 24-yarder to Isaiah Hodgins, and a 22-yard catch by tight end Darren Waller, who was the top receiver with 3 receptions for 36 yards.

Giants Defense
Last week the Giants defense came up with no sacks or interceptions on Dak Prescott, but there were no touchdown throws, and Prescott completed less than 55 percent of his throws. The secondary held up fairly well with CeeDee Lamb giving them the most problems, catching all four passes for 77 yards, including a 49 yard catch. The Giants picked up Isaiah Simmons from the Cardinals for a 7th round draft pick. Simmons was drafted by the Cardinals eighth overall in the 2020 NFL draft, and the Cardinals felt he didn't fit in their current defense. Simmons is very familiar with their offense, and that's a definite plus.
The Giants should be able to dominate an offense that is in the process of breaking in their starting quarterback, who would be a backup on any other team. The Cardinals rushing game produced a total of 96 yards, and that number was only that high because wide receiver Marquise Brown came up with a 29 yard run on one play. You can expect Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams to play better this week against the Cardinals weaker offensive line, and they are familiar with former teammate right guard Will Harnandez.

Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season. Both will be most concerned about the other teams defensive unit. If you look at it that way, things should favor the Giants, with quarterback Daniel Jones being much more experienced and familiar than his counterpart, Joshua Dobbs, who is tasked with trying to figure out his best options each time he takes a snap with his new team.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:00pm Vikings (0-1) at Eagles (1-0) - - - Results Eagles 34 - Vikings 28
Sunday at 4:05pm Giants (0-1) at Cardinals (0-1)
Sunday at 4:25pm Jets (1-0) at Cowboys (1-0)
Sunday at 4:25pm Commanders (1-0) at Broncos (0-1)
The Eagles, Giants and Cowboys are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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