“Great week of preparation for NYG, now just gotta execute and play physical G-men football!”- Terrell Thomas via TwitterNot to state the obvious but he's right. Nearly a week removed from the “Indy Incident,” the Giants have to regroup. Here’s how:
1. Ralph Vacchiano wrote this morning that the key to defensive success against Titans RB Chris Johnson is high level play from the linebackers. I couldn’t agree more. But while I haven’t been overwhelmed by any of them yet, my focus is on Jonathan Goff. Playing in a defense that looked like sleep walkers, Goff looked like he was still tucked in last week. He’s behind the play too often and a back like Chris Johnson will make you pay dearly.
Michael Boley’s play should also be an interesting variable. It is no secret that the Giants haven’t been thrilled with the fact that Boley has been a cornerback in training. He plays the pass well but his run game hasn’t been impressive during his time in blue. That said, CJ2K has unique speed instead of bulldozing power and a nifty player like Boley may be just what the Giants need to help contain him.
2. Adam Koets needs to have the mindset of a woman in labor because the interior line is going to have to push and push hard. I fully expect David Diehl to perform well now that Dwight Freeney isn’t his assignment but if Koets proves to be a liability in his first real NFL action, the run game could once again be stalled. For those of you wondering why Riche Seubert isn’t moving to center and letting Shawn Andrews see some time, the Giants feel that he hasn’t had enough time to learn the offense cold yet. Don’t be shocked to see him enter the game though if things get sloppy behind Koets.
3. Kevin Boss is back and that can only mean good things. He may not make a ton of noise every game but his absence is all too noticeable when he’s on the sidelines. Expect the blocking quality to go up and for the field to be a bit more spread when he goes out for a pass.
4. The final key I’m going to give in this very simplified version of a game plan (Cuse vs Cortland this afternoon and the tailgate’s a’ callin) is to get to Vince Young early and rattle his cage. This could be in the form of a sack, pressure, or an early interception. This sounds obvious, I know, but Young is once again skidding and startling him early can only help.
Justin Tuck will not be 100% and most feel that his injury is hurting him more than he is willing to let on. If that is the case, I expect to see a lot more JPP in this game (especially if the Titans begin to trail by multiple scores and attempt to pass). Pierre-Paul has been a force on special teams (a lone bright spot), and has imposed his will on those that try to stand in his way. I want to see more of what this kid can do because he clearly is a future starter on this D-Line.