The New York Giants have an exciting week ahead of them. Not only are they getting Michael Boley back from suspension and injury, but fans can also look forward to the debut of second round draft pick Clint Sintim.
Sintim shined in a 3-4 defense at Virginia, mainly as a pass rushing specialist. He had 11 sacks in 12 games for a total of minus 86 yards.
Not to be confused with a player who isn't versatile, Sintim was also very solid in run defense. In his senior season he was involved in 65 runs plays, and the defense only allowed 139 yards.
That being said, at this point in his career he will more than likely be thrust into the Giants defensive line rotation on third downs; he has to adjust to the 4-3 defense before winning the starting job in the near future.
With Sintim, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Mathias Kiwanuka manning the outsides, and sometimes the inside in certain situations, the Giants' pass rush has to be considered one of the best in the league, if not the best.
Michael Boley was brought in to help the only documented weakness on the defense—outside linebacker. With the way Chase Blackburn played on Sunday, I'd say he isn't the one who should be replaced, it should be Danny Clark.
I wasn't sure why Danny Clark got the start in the first place since he lost playing time towards the end of last season and there was no mention of injury problems.
That being said, the Giants will look to keep the front seven fresh with a plethora of players. Brian Kehl, Chase Blackburn, Danny Clark, Gerris Wilkinson, and Michael Boley will all probably be rotated frequently.
I also wouldn't be surprised to see Michael Boley come off the bench and be eased into his role, because no one will be clamoring for big changes after how the defense dominated the Redskins in Week One.
This Sunday should be a real test with the vaunted Cowboy offense taking the field. They showed the NFL they won't miss Terrell Owens very much against the Bucs' defense; the Giants better not be ill prepared.
Romo threw for a career high 353 yards and three touchdowns.
Safe to say he has silenced the critics, so far.
If I'm being completely unbiased, the match-up seems to favor neither team. On paper, the Giants have the edge on defense but the Cowboys have the edge on the other side.
However, identities are hard to place on NFL teams this early in the season. Let's hope the Giants pull out yet another division win.