The New York Giants will look to capture their seventh win of the season as they’re set to host the Houston Texans coming off their bye week. With the Giants seated comfortably at 6-2 at the halfway point, there is no time at all for a midseason collapse if the Giants want to make a postseason push. The Giants are expected to get a big boost with wide receiver Kenny Golladay expected to make his return after missing the last five games with a knee injury but will be without an important piece on defense with safety Xavier McKinney being out for the foreseeable future after what he called a “freak accident” he suffered during the bye week. Can the Giants get to 7-2 against a Texans team that has only won one game this season? No team should be taken lightly but here are the three keys for a Big Blue victory.
Start out fast
This should be a gimme game for the New York Giants so they should have no problem being successful on offense with Houston having the 14th best defense in the league. But the Giants still need to start out fast on offense if they want to win this game. They have only scored first in two games this season out of eight so they have really relied on late game comebacks by Daniel Jones. This is a team the Giants should have no problem running points on the board but we don’t know what kind of Giants team we’ll see plus Texans, despite the record being what it is, they have played in many close games and have not quit. The Giants must take advantage of having possession early and scoring quickly if they want a home win.
Get Kenny Golladay going
Let’s call it like we’ve seen it, Kenny Golladay has been an unmitigated disaster for the Giants ever since he signed a four year, $70 million contract in 2021 but the Giants are expected to get him back this week after missing the last five games. Though his numbers have been poor this season only racking up two receptions for 22 yards, Golladay seems motivated and ready to contribute to this ballclub. This is the exact weapon Daniel Jones has been waiting for since Golladay went down since Jones has been going through receivers dropping passes, not making good routes and more. If Golladay remains healthy the rest of the way, Jones and the Giants offense has to get him going on offense. He is the only elite skill player in the Giants receiving core to contribute to the Giants offense. Get him going this week and down the road and the Giants can finally find sustained success on offense.
Limit the turnovers
The turnover bug really killed the Giants two weeks ago against the Seahawks. Seattle scored 10 points off turnovers which were pretty much the deciding factor of the Giants second loss of the season. The Giants can’t afford to make more turnovers or miscues if they want to win this week and down the road. They have had problems all season practically turning the football over and that has to stop. If they can limit the mistakes, they can win but if not, it may cost them down the road.