NFL Betting: 4 Keys to watch for in Giants game vs Bengals
The Giants have been going through a re build kind of pre season looking forward to the 2015 season. NFL Betting fans have been able to see an over haul of the offensive line as well as key players like Victor Cruz cruising at full speed to make a strong and healthy comeback which will benefit the men in blue greatly. Now what can be learned from a preseason game? Plenty if you know where to look. Here we show four things to watch Friday night when the New York Giants take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason opener.
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Line play on both sides
To begin we should talk about the lines that gave most headaches last year. Reports from Cincinnati’s camp where both teams did some joint training sessions were that both the Giants’ offensive and defensive lines held up well against the Bengals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Now the only and really the true question is can they do it during the game?
Offensive line All eyes will be on rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers. If he plays a few snaps despite his hip flexor, that is. Flowers had ups and downs during the practices. Will Marshall Newhouse hold up on the right side? What about the backups? Second- and third-unit offensive line play is always messy during preseason games. Will any of the group of reserves fighting for jobs play like guys who belong on an NFL regular-season roster? Is it still a possibility that the Giants look to supplement what they have on the line before the season starts. Friday they shall begin to get a real idea of whether or not they need to.
Defensive line — It has been reported that the Giants did a pretty good job putting pressure on Bengals quarterbacks during the joint practices. Rookie Owamagbe Odighizuwa drew raves from teammate Robert Ayers. Damontre Moore and Kerry Wynn have looked good thus far in training camp. Among the defensive tackles, the Giants know about Johnathan Hankins. Who else joins him in the rotation at that position remains to be determined. The primary job, of course, is to be stout against the run. Let’s see who shows that capability.
Will the safeties hold up?
The Giants need their mostly inexperienced safety crew to figure out how to do one thing — not allow big plays. On this game we get to see the first signs of whether or not they can do that. Bennett Jackson has been impressive, so much so that the Giants are considering using him as their nickel corner in addition to his safety duties. Jeromy Miles is having a good camp. We begin to see tonight how this will all play out.
Which wide receivers will step forward?
Who will be this year’s Corey Washington? Will it be Washington himself? Will there be a guy who steps forward like Washington did last season as an un drafted free agent? The bigger question is which receivers will earn the final couple of roster spots? Will Davis get one? Washington? Preston Parker? Does James Jones have enough left in the tank to squeeze another year out of his NFL career?
Backup corner back play
Who backs up Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been a huge question since the spring. Perhaps fans got an indication of what the Giants are thinking this week when they began giving Jackson reps in the slot, indicating that perhaps they might use him there in a three-safety look when the Giants are in their nickel or dime defense.
That might allow them to use veteran Trumaine McBride as a backup on the outside, a spot where he has played well when needed. Other guys competing for spots include Chykie Brown, Jayron Hosley, Mike Harris, Josh Gordy,Trevin Wade and Chandler Fenner. How will this situation sort itself out?