Did you see the Giants wide receivers work over the Dallas Cowboys secondary last night? Each of their top three wide receivers caught a touchdown pass. They’ve developed an outstanding corps of wide receivers, if you haven’t noticed.
Hakeem Nicks is a beast, who already has 8 touchdown catches. He does drop passes at times, which have caused quite a few interceptions for Eli Manning, but you don’t want to face Nicks in the red zone.
They also have Pro Bowler Steve Smith, who is one of the best route runners in the league right now. Manning might trust him more than any of the other receivers.
Up in New York they used to say, “third and Smith”, meaning Manning was going to Smith on nearly every third down throw and completing a high percentage of them. Smith was able to win Manning’s trust as a rookie when he made a large of number of third passes in their march to the Super Bowl.
In addition to Nicks and Smith, the Giants have Mario Manningham, who is quite a playmaker in his own right. He’s the third receiver with great run after the catch ability. He’s capable of making eye-popping plays by making tacklers miss out in the open field.
That’s the Giants who the Eagles will play twice down the stretch.
They’ll also play the Cowboys who have Pro Bowler Miles Austin, rejuvenated Roy Williams and rookie sensation Dez Bryant. All of their receivers are at least 6’3″ and 225 pounds. If you can’t cover big athletic receivers, then don’t play the Cowboys.
Of course Reggie Wayne plays with the Indianapolis Colts and he’s been considered one of the best receivers in the league for a while now. One of Peyton Manning’s favorite receivers, Dallas Clark, is done for the season, so you could probably expect him to be going to Wayne more often than usual, which could mean more problems for the Eagles secondary.
The Eagles will play the guy who is considered the best receiver in football, when they try to deal with Houston’s Andre Johnson. If Britt is unstoppable, what will Johnson do to them. If you’re a fantasy league player, you’re going to be happy about his stats against the Eagles.
Bottomline, the Birds will have to come with a strategy to combat a receiver, that’s beating their coverages consistently. They’ve got to put Asante Samuel on him, or let Ellis Hobbs get up in his face.
They can’t utilize the option which they used last weekend of keeping the same players on him, playing the same coverages and hoping it will stop.