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Falcons without CB Brent Grimes against Giants

Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:30 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 3:07 pm
Atlanta's pass defense has its work cut out for them against Manning and New York's receivers. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Brent Grimes is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the league and when the Falcons face the Giants in Sunday's wild-card game, they'll be without him, according to Rapid Reporter Knox Bardeen.

This is especially troubling given Victor's Cruz's emergence this season as Eli Manning's favorite target. The task of slowing Cruz and Hakeem Nicks will fall to backup Dominique Franks and veteran Dunta Robinson who is already established as one of the league's top cornerbacks.

Franks, a second-year player out of Oklahoma, has started four games this year, has five passes defended and two interceptions.

Football Outsiders ranks the Giants as the seventh-best offense in the league (fourth in passing, 20th in rushing) and the Falcons are the sixth-best defense (10th against the pass, third against the run).

Given those numbers and Grimes' absence, we fully expect to see Manning throwing early and often Sunday afternoon.

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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:16 pm

Falcons without CB Brent Grimes against Giants

This is absolutely huge for the Giants.  This should allow Victor Cruz to break the Falcons secondary down.  If not, it will open up the #2 and #3 WRs in Nicks and Manningham.  If the Falcons can still get pressure on the Giants, it won't be as easy as many believe it will.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:03 pm

Falcons without CB Brent Grimes against Giants

the game is the BATTLE of the lines!!
Giants cleary better than Falcons
if Falcons front 4 can not put high pressure on Eli...the big and talented Wrs of the Giants will DESTROY atlanta backs!!!!!!!!!!

Giants' DE will delete Atlanta slow OTs..for Ryan not much time to find his recievers!!!!!!!1

GIANTS wins easily!!!!!
Atlanta unlucky to face them...a team they can not stop...matches so well for the Giants!!

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:50 pm
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