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Fact or Fiction: Expectations for the run game


The Giants will rush for more yards than the Titans on Sunday. **


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JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact -The Titans have given up some big days on the ground this year, and the Giants should be able to take advantage of a shaky run defense.

Rashad Jennings' health will impact this prediction, obviously, but I think Andre Williams should be able to outgain Bishop Sankey. Zach Mettenberger is not a threat to run either.

DAN SALOMONE: Fiction -With Rashad Jennings now banged up, the Giants are pretty thin in the backfield and just haven't found consistency all season in the run game.

But the good news for both offenses is that the Giants' and Titans' defenses are the bottom two in the league against the run.

DE Damontre Moore will lead the team in sacks over the final four weeks.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -My gut tells me that JPP finishes the season strong and leads the team in sacks over the last four games. I know a lot of people are excited about Moore's potential, but this is about production.


DAN SALOMONE: Fiction - **With Robert Ayers and Mathias Kiwanuka now on injured reserve, Moore will definitely have more opportunities, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said this week he still "won't be an every-down defender for us."

So that means Moore isn't quite there yet. Jason Pierre-Paul is the safe bet on this one, but don't overlook defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is second on the team with 4.5 sacks (Pierre-Paul and Ayers have 5.0).

And maybe the team finds something in Kerry Wynn, who combined on a sack in his first NFL game last week.

The AFC is better than the NFC this season.

JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction -The AFC wildcard field is very unimpressive to me. Once you get past the Patriots, Broncos and Colts I don't think any of the other AFC playoff teams would consistently beat any NFC playoff team escept the future winner of the NFC South. New Orleans went into Pittsburgh last week and won, which I think shows you the quality of the AFC wildcard contenders.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -Nine of the 16 teams in the NFC are below .500 (including the Atlanta Falcons, who lead their division at 5-7) compared to just four in the AFC. I think if you put up the four AFC division leaders against the four in the NFC, the AFC would come out on top.

WR Odell Beckham Jr. will hit 1,000 receiving yards this year.


JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - **Other teams have seen the film, and I think they will begin to double team or at least put someone over the top on Beckham the rest of the year.

This will limit his big plays and keep him just under 1000 yards this year. He needs to average just over 75 yards per game the rest of the way, and I think he'll average around 70.

DAN SALOMONE: Fact -His pace is slightly below the marker at 932 yards because of missing the first four games of his rookie season due to injury, but I think he makes that up in the final four games. Beckham proved that he can put up big yards against some of the best teams in the league last month against Seattle, San Francisco, and Indianapolis.

He has the full attention of opponents, but that doesn't seem to stop him as he has become Eli Manning's top target.

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