Football is officially officially back.
I say officially twice because although football has been back for over a month now, it is finally week 1. Tonight we see the Rams and Bills square off and Sunday is the first full slate of games for the 2022 season. Included in that slate is obviously the Giants traveling to Nashville to take on the Titans. It’s no secret that the Titans main weapon is Derrick Henry, and they are sure to use him as just that on Sunday. Henry has been the best back in the NFL over the last few years, and in order to stop him, or at least slow him down, the Giants need to overcome a weakness of their 2021 squad.
The Giants had the 21st ranked rush defense in the league last year. Much of that was due to the loss of Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency, and the early season loss of Blake Martinez to a torn ACL. This season the Giants lost defensive tackle Austin Johnson who provided solid depth, and have now cut Blake Martinez. The Giants are counting on veteran Justin Ellis to replace Austin Johnson and rookie Micah McFadden and former Mr. Irrelevant Tae Crowder to fill the void of Blake Martinez. The Giants do still have Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams ahead of Ellis, and if the Giants offense can put up some points to force the Titans to throw, it would certainly help. With all that being said, there is a lot working against the Giants stopping King Henry, but they need to get it done.
The Giants are back. What this season brings is a mystery, but let’s be honest, it can’t get worse then what was put on the field at the end of last season. I am optimistic about this team (as I always am), and think it is very much possible for them to beat the Titans on Sunday.
In order for that to happen, the Giants need to overcome a number of obstacles and stop the freight train that is Derick Henry.
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