New York Giants: Week Three Matchup and Prediction

Saquon Barkley, New York Giants. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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New York Giants Offense vs. San Francisco 49ers Defense

In 2019 the 49ers had one of the best defenses in the NFL, allowing an average of 281.8 yards per game, the second-lowest number in the NFL behind only the Patriots.

The good news for the Giants is that the 49ers were much worse guarding the rush than they were guarding the ball through the air. The reason this is good for the Giants is obviously that they have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Saquon Barkley, running behind an upgraded offensive line for the 2020 NFL season.

The key for the Giants on the offensive side of the ball is going to be getting Saquon Barkley enough touches to make a serious impact and to be able to give them a shot at winning.

The Niners were 12th in the NFL when it came to opponent rush yards per game in 2019, allowing 106 per game, while they allowed only 178.8 passing yards per game, which placed them at second in the NFL.

With the 49ers being a very similar team heading into the 2020 season as they were in 2019, the Giants will HAVE to establish the run game in order to have a chance in week three.

This is where we will be able to see the Giants’ 2019 draft picks get their chance at making a big impact. With one of the best defensive playmakers in the NFL in Nick Bosa, the 49ers are going to give the Giants a rough time.

The question is; how will Daniel Jones fair against the 49ers defense?

The Niners have some great secondary players such as Richard Sherman, who feast on opposing quarterbacks and have given teams problems in the past. The good news for Daniel Jones and the Giants is that Jones doesn’t really throw too many interceptions, his problem is holding onto the ball and not fumbling it.

This being said, the Giants may attempt to establish the passing game as well in order to give Saquon Barkley a break.