Mon. Oct 19th, 2020

Week 7 staff picks and predictions

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The New York Giants (2-4) will take on the Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game featuring the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Expert picks are torn — 50-50 — with most of those expecting an extremely high-scoring affair.

How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 7 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:

These are two rebuilding teams relying heavily on younger players, which has resulted in some less-than-stellar play this season. However, the Giants seem to have made more progress to this point. A long trip and early start add difficulty for the Cardinals. As a result, I think the game will be close, but lower scoring than many are predicting despite a lot of yards being put up.

Arizona has been a mess against the pass and the Giants are getting Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram back for this game. The Cards will finally have Patrick Peterson available, who will help, but Daniel Jones is intent on correcting his errors and should be better against this defense. The Giants are also beginning to gel a bit on defense and Kyler Murray is still a rookie, too. It’ll be close but Giants will find a way to win this one.


The battle of the rookie QBs will take place on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. James Bettcher and Markus Golden will go up against their former team. As if that isn’t enough extra juice, the Giants will also get back Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram. Both defenses have a lot of issues, so I see this being an offensive battle. I think it will be a tight one the whole way, but I see the Giants coming out on top late in this one.

It’s always tough for a West Coast team to travel East; even tougher when you take a team who is usually in a dome and have them play outdoors. The Giants have to be alert of Kyler Murray’s mobility and hope they can contain him from picking up huge chunks of yards. As Daniel Jones seeks his third career win, getting back some of the Giants key players could make a big difference in this one.

The Giants will snap their two-game losing streak against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals on Sunday. It will be a close one as the first two quarterbacks in the draft face off against each other, but the advantage goes to Daniel Jones at home with Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram back in the lineup.

Despite an impressive performance from Murray last week, his offense has allowed the sixth most sacks in the league (21) and Big Blue’s pass rush has recorded at least three sacks in five straight games. Their secondary also showed major improvement against Tom Brady last week, so expect them to keep their team in the game. If the offense does their part by putting the ball in the end zone, the Giants will pickup their third victory of the season.

At home against the Cardinals, who are making the cross-country trip, the Giants had a few extra days to rest following their Thursday night loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6. With Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley back into the mix, the Giants should have enough weapons to find success against a lowly Cardinals defense — even though they will be seeing the return of cornerback Patrick Peterson from his six-game suspension.

The Giants should lean on Barkley pretty heavily against a Cardinals run defense that 4.7 yards per carry and 132.8 rushing yards per game. Engram should also be heavily involved in the offense. The Cardinals are allowing the second-most receptions (46), the most receiving yards (599) and the most receiving touchdowns to the tight end position (seven) this season. With a weak pass rush, the Giants offensive line shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping Daniel Jones relatively clean.

Defensively, the Giants will be tasked with containing the No. 1 overall pick in Kyler Murray, who has played well to open his career. They also must key on David Johnson in both the rushing game and the passing game. Larry Fitzgerald is also a priority from the defensive side.


The Giants get a win at home with the return of Saquon Barkley. Evan Engram is a beast who will give Daniel Jones the target he needs, and Barkley will have the Cards defense on edge. The Giants defense finds a way to stay off the field and keep Kyler Murray frustrated. Big Blue for the win at home.

Giants vs. Cardinals: Week 7 staff picks and predictions

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