New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers Week Three Prediction
In 2018 the Giants left San Francisco with a 27-23 win over the 49ers, since then the 49ers have lost only eight games, the Giants on the other hand have lost 16. This just goes to show you how much the 49ers have changed since that week 10 matchup two seasons ago.
Now, the Giants will be tasked with taking on the reigning NFC Champions who are strong on both sides of the ball. For the Giants, they have improved, but not nearly to the level the 49ers have.
That being said, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to beat the Niners this time around. The biggest key on the defensive side of the ball is going to be stopping Raheem Mostert. Assuming Deebo Samuel is out for week three, the 49ers would be lacking their top offensive playmaker.
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This means they’ll try to let Raheem Mostert run for miles, something the Giants struggled to stop in 2019. Big Blue ranked 20th in the NFL when it came to opponent rushing yards per game, and they were 28th against the pass.
Overall, the Giants defense was pretty horrible last season but it appears to be much better for the 2020 season. With several new linebackers added through free agency, plus an upgraded secondary with the addition of Xavier McKinney, the Giants should be much better on the defensive side of the ball in 2020.
Prediction: 49ers 27 Giants 13
Although I believe the Giants will do a decent job stopping the 49ers’ passing game, I think they’ll struggle in a major way against the ground game with Raheem Mostert. If Deebo Samuel misses this game the Giants will have a chance to win this game, but it’s far too early to determine whether or not he will be ready for week three.
Overall, I don’t think it’s fair to say the Giants are completely outmatched by the 49ers, but they surely have their work cut out for them.