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Giants at Texans staff picks [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey]http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey[/url] , Can the New York Giants pull an upset of the Houston Texans on Sunday and avoid an 0-3 start? Here is how your Big Blue View staff sees today’s 1 p.m. ET contest playing out.Chris Pflum When we started the season I said that I was hopeful for the team under the new regime, but I wasn't going to pick them to win until they gave me reason to. I made an exception in week two for sentiment's sake against the Dallas Cowboys, and the Giants took a step backwards.So now this week I'm back to waiting for proof of life before picking the Giants to do anything but lose. The odds are stacked against them this week. On offense, Houston has a smart, mobile quarterback, who has multiple receiving threats downfield, as well as a potential run game. The Giants will have to figure out how to deal with them without Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple. On defense, they have one of the scariest pass rushing trios in the league, facing an offensive line that underwent massive change, but no substantive improvement. The Giants CAN win this game. They have the firepower on both sides of the ball to compete, but so far they haven't shown the ability to use it and do so. If Pat Shurmur, Mike Shula, and James Bettcher don't have this team ready to win from the first whistle, this game could get ugly.Final score: Houston 24, Giants 14 Season record: 1-1Dan Pizzuta Both of these teams are 0-2, but not all 0-2 teams are created equally. The Giants look and feel like an 0-2. They rank 27th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA and 30th in DAVE, which keeps in preseason projections this early in the season. Houston, on the other hand, is 11th in DVOA and 12th in DAVE despite the 0-2 start.Houston also looks like a terrible matchup for the Giants. They have a number of playmakers along the defensive line that can create problems for any offensive lineman. If it’s not J.J. Watt or Jadeveon Clowney making a play, it’s D.J. Reader. The Texans only rank 31st in defensive pressure rate per Sports Info Solutions charting, but that came against Tom Brady and a Titans team that barely let Blaine Gabbert throw the ball, nevermind have a drop back that would have invited pressure. Houston’s pass rushers are on the verge of a breakout and it might happen against the Giants. And even while there hasn’t been as much pressure against the pass, the line has been dominant against the run — third in DVOA.Where the Giants could possibly take advantage is by rushing the passer themselves. Houston is weak at tackle and ranks 30th in pressure rate allowed on offense (the Giants rank 29th). After the Dallas game, the Giants shot up to 11th in defensive pressure rate after a poor showing in Week 1 against Jacksonville. Olivier Vernon still hasn’t practiced, so it might again be up to the edge depth to create pressure. The Texans could easily counteract that with RPOs and read option, though the team has been hesitant to let Deshaun Watson take called handoffs. Watson has 13 rushing attempts this season, but none have been from a read option keeper.Losing Eli Apple is a big blow to the defense, too — there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. Among 65 qualified cornerbacks, Apple is second in yards allowed per pass (2.0) and tied for 13th in success rate. That could lead the deep threat of Will Fuller on B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon and Watson is not afraid to go deep when Fuller gets open.Final score: Houston 27, Giants 17Season record: 2-0Patricia TrainaWill the Giants win or lose in Week 4?Odds: Saints 3.5 point favorites over GiantsCanal Street Chronicles FanPulse: Saints by 8Big Blue View FanPulse: Saints by 1I want to believe this week will be different, that the mistakes that have doomed the Giants in their first two games have been corrected and that the focus is at a point where it’s now razor sharp.I really want to believe that.So with that said, why am I picking the Texans this week? For starters, I don’t like some of the match-ups in this game, namely J.J. Watt vs. that right side of the Giants offensive line, or Will Fuller against cornerback B.W. Webb (who will probably get the start with Eli Apple not playing).While I appreciate Eli Manning for being the last of the classic pocket passers, I don’t like how there have been a couple of instances so far this season where if he just moved a little bit more in the pocket [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jon-halapio-jersey]Cheap Jon Halapio Jersey[/url] , maybe he would have avoided a sack or a pressure.I don’t like that the coaches have abandoned the run early even with the game still in reach. and despite having a running back in Saquon Barkley capable of making hay without a pitchfork (or in this case, getting yards without ideal blocking in front of him).I like John Greco and think he’ll be a fine addition to the starting offensive line, but I’m just not sure what the effect on whatever jelling and communication progress that line has made will be affected thanks to this key change.And I especially don’t like that the Giants have to face another mobile quarterback when they have yet to show they can keep the last two they faced to way under 40 yards rushing.In short, I don’t feel warm and fuzzy about a Giants win this week, a “‘must win” game (boy do I hate that term “must win”), which is a shame because after this game, their schedule doesn’t get any easier.Final score: Texans 24, Giants 20Season record: 1-1Andrea HangstThe Giants’ defense can keep them in this game, but it’s the offense that will ultimately bring upon their demise. The line continues to struggle, the passing game is stagnant despite Eli Manning having one of the league’s top receivers at his disposal and that struggling line isn’t making Saquon Barkley look like a good use of a No. 2 overall draft pick. The Giants seem poised to be outscored in a low-scoring contest and to remain winless through three games.Final score: Texans 17, Giants 10Season record: 1-1Kevin HaswellThe Giants’ showed more of their true colors last week against the Cowboys. Coming into the season, I had a lot of confidence in this Giants team to win between 8 and 10 games and after watching the first two weeks, I put that win total between 5 and 7. This week will be more of the same. I think the Giants struggle once again, losing this one by a touchdown on the road in Houston. Final score: Texans 24, Giants 17Season record: 1-1Joe DeLeoneOptimists look at this weekend’s battle of the 0-2s as the perfect opportunity for the Giants to get back on track. I, however, am not one of them.Considering the lack of creativity in the offensive game plan, there is a strong likelihood the Giants fail to score over 20 points for the third straight week. The offensive line does not stack up with the elite pass rushing unit the Texans have. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney dominate in situations like this. Unless Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula find ways to get the ball out of Eli Manning’s hands quicker, offensive production will remain stagnant. Defensively the Giants are in a position to have another stout game. The Giants are currently second in the NFL in pass yards allowed with only 164 yards per game. With few receiving options outside of DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson will not have a stellar day throwing the football. If they are going to be successful on defense they need to bottle up Watson like they did with Dak Prescott. The more he throws, the better for the Giants.This game will be another low-scoring one. The defense is firing on all cylinders, while the offense looks lost. It will be the same case this weekend.Final score: Texans 23, Giants 13Season record: 1-1Mark Schofield Not a lot of optimism right now, and with good reason. The offense is struggling, Saquon Barkley becoming a focal point of the passing game is not what many expected, and the defense was susceptible to zone read runs from Dak Prescott, something you can expect them to see more of this week in Houston.If you want to find a silver lining, you can look at the number of missed opportunities in the passing game. Throws missed against Jacksonville. Opportunities passed on against Dallas. Sometimes teams on a verge of a breakout performance finally hit on opportunities that passed them by in previous games.Unfortunately, it seems like such a breakout might still be on the horizon. An offensive line that has struggled with protection now gets to face a defense with players like Watt and Clowney. A defense that has struggled against mobile quarterbacks faces another in Watson. The breakout might be coming, but it might take another week or two.Final score: Houston 24, New York 14Season record: 1-1Ed ValentineAll week long I have been trying to talk myself into picking the Giants to win this game. Having seen what we have seen from the Giants thus far, though, with this game being on the road, with two key defensive starters out of the lineup and with many of the matchups not being favorable to the Giants I just can’t bring myself to do it.I am particularly concerned about the Houston front of J.J. Watt, Jadaveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and D.J. Reader against the Giants struggling offensive line.I don’t want to believe this will be another completely lost season for the Giants. I really don’t believe it will be. I think at some point the Giants will get their ship turned around and pointed in the right direction. I just can’t bring myself to predict that the turnaround will start on Sunday.Final score: Texans 24 [url=http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-connor-barwin-jersey]http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-connor-barwin-jersey[/url] , Giants 17Season record: 0-2Pat’s Perspectives: Was Ereck Flowers prepared for last week? I usually try to not read into things too much, but I must be honest and admit that an alarm bell sounded this week regarding right tackle Ereck Flowers and his preparation for the Jaguars game.First a little context. In the past, many players have told me that mastering the mental part of the game is more than 50 percent of the battle on game day. To do that, you have to be sharp in the classroom, demonstrating that you know your assignments inside and out. You also have to be willing to spend the extra time studying the film of your opponent, as the more you learn about him, the better prepared you can be.That brings us to this past Monday when Flowers, after sleeping on things following his rocky showing against the Jaguars the day before, came out to speak with the media.One of his responses that kind of stuck out like a sore thumb was in response to a question concerning his tripping penalty on the first play of the game.“Yeah, it was a quick pass, so I jumped out there too fast on it,” he said before dropping his bombshell.“Next time I know what type of player I’m against. He’s not really a speed guy, so next time I won’t jump out so fast.”Wait, what? Seriously, wouldn’t studying the tape have offered a clue as to what type of player he was facing before he went out there? If that wasn’t enough to make you go “Hmmm,” then how about this response from offensive coordinator Mike Shula Thursday when asked if he felt like he’s going to have to give Flowers blocking help. (Emphasis added.)“Everything ties in together. Guys have to win one-on-one’s. You’re going to have times where you’re going to slide. You want to mix your protections up whether you’re keeping your backs and tight ends in or free releasing them, not being predictable. 鈥?“To start with, guys got to know what they’re doing, know where their help is, got to get the ball out on time and then when we have backs or tight ends helping out, chipping on the way out or involved with protection, we got to do a good job with that too.”I’m really not sure how to take the comments by Flowers and Shula. I’d like to think neither was admitting that there was a lack of preparation, but given what we saw last week, if that was the case, then shame on that player for taking a shortcut.Say what? I wanted to revisit a comment head coach Pat Shurmur made during his Wednesday press conference that left me confused.The comment was in response to a question about potentially falling to 0-2 because of how detrimental that might be in making the playoffs (which, as the 2007 Giants team will tell you, isn’t necessarily the case).Shurmur’s response to that question/statement was, “We don’t worry about that. That’s fun for everybody to talk about outside the building. “We didn’t do enough in the first game to win the game, and we’re working to do what we can to win this next one. Period. End of story. All that stuff is fun for everybody to talk about, but we don’t worry about that.”Considering that this next game is against a division opponent where the game can ultimately count for an extra half step in the standings if there is a tie, how can you not worry about falling to 0-2 when the next game on your schedule is a division opponent that can put you at that record?I kind of get where Shurmur was trying to go with his response — he’s said many times he lives in the moment. But I’m not sure his attempt at separating the next game from the 0-2 record went over quite the way as planned. Let’s calm down about Sam Darnold for nowI know Ed is going to touch upon this topic at some point, and I don’t want to steal his thunder, but I must weigh in here on the Sam Darnold-Eli Manning debate because I think it’s simply ridiculous that there even is a debate at this juncture.Seriously, I think we need to temper our enthusiasm about Darnold until he plays in several games and opposing defenses get some quality film on him in the Jets system before we go getting his bust ready for Canton.That’s not to say Darnold won’t become a very good player, but to sit there and compare him with the more accomplished Manning is just ludicrous at this point.