Ed Valentine from Big Blue View was kind enough to take the time and answer five questions ahead of today’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. Thanks to another trip to MetLife Stadium and New York’s defensive line, Ed believes the Giants win today.
Where do you think the Giants have the biggest advantage in this game?
Well, I might say the Giants on the defensive line. The 49ers are a running team, and that really is the strength of that defense. Yet, I think it might be more intangible. It might be the fact that the 49ers are coming to MetLife Stadium for the second straight Sunday, and that they aren’t happy about it. I just wonder what frame of mind the 49ers are going to be in on Sunday.
Both teams have been hit hard by injury; with Saquon Barkley out, who will the Giants turn to for production on offense?
Obviously, the Giants signed Devonta Freeman to help with the run game. It’s silly to expect more than a very limited role for him on Sunday, though. The guys’ Daniel Jones really needs to make plays are tight end Evan Engram and wide receivers Darius Clayton and Golden Tate. It will also help fi the Giants continue to show improvement on the offensive line.
If you could add one 49ers player on the Giants roster, who would it be and why?
Fred Warner. A 24-year-old stud inside linebacker who can play every down. Yes, please. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Giants haven’t had one of those in forever.
There has been plenty of discussion about MetLife Stadium’s turf. Joe Judge doesn’t seem to be willing to answer questions. Are there concerns about the playing surface on the Giants?
None that I know of. The Giants have practiced, scrimmaged, and played a regular-season game on that turf without a complaint. It’s brand-new, installed over the summer from what I understand. I’m honestly not sure what anyone expects, Judge to say.
Who wins Sunday, and why?
I have consistently picked the Giants to pull an upset this week. Now, I know your readers will think of that as a “homer” pick. Maybe it is, but I always try not to do that. I think the Giants have played better in many ways than they get credit for at 0-2. I think San Fran’s huge injury list and the weird circumstance of the 49ers being back at MetLife for a second straight weekend might be an advantage for the Giants. The 49ers at full strength are much better than the Giants. I just think this one sets up to give the Giants an opportunity, and I think they cash it in.