NFL Game Previews: Giants-Falcons Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Giants-Falcons Matchup

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N.Y. Giants (+5.5) at Atlanta, 54.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

The Story: I wonder if opposition defenses play the Three Dog Night hit Eli's Coming to pump themselves up before facing the Giants. The weird thing about Manning's play so far this season is that statistically, he's been pretty OK. His 7.2 YPA would be his best mark in three years, and his 68.7 percent completion rate is easily a career high. That's probably more a testament to the skills of the players around him than a testament to his accuracy, though. If there's a recent comparison, it might be to Sam Bradford's 2016, when his dump-off tendencies became so extreme that he actually set an NFL record for accuracy without actually being particularly productive. (Fortunately, Drew Brees wiped that stain off the record books last year). Manning's basically an older, less consistent Bradford at this point. Facing a Falcons defense that ranks 28th in QB rating against and has coughed up a league-high 16 TD passes should be just what he needs to get right, but that assumes there's a better level left Eli can reach. Matt Ryan, on the other hand, has put up numbers at least as good as his 2016 career-best performance so far, but a look at the secondaries he's gotten to pick apart (divisional games against NO and TB, plus PIT and CIN) and you wonder if maybe he's left some production on the table. Tevin Coleman's inability

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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