INJURIES: Giants -- LB Antonio Pierce (neck) is out. CB Aaron Ross (hamstring) is questionable. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot and ankle), and QB Eli Manning (foot) are probable.
Falcons -- WR Brian Finneran (knee) is out. RB Michael Turner (ankle) is doubtful. WR Roddy White (knee), S Eric Coleman (knee) and RB Jerious Norwood (hip) are questionable. T Sam Baker (ankle) is probable.
Jeff Feagles spent the better part of the week practicing directional kicks. Luckily, this week there is no DeSean Jackson or Darren Sproles back there. Instead, Eric Weems, a solid but not spectacular returner, is the target. Feagles probably will keep more of his punts inbounds this week, allowing his coverage team to make plays against a returner who averages a healthy 9.1 yards per punt return, 13th ranked in the league. The Falcons have had an inconsistent performance from kicker Jason Elam, whose four of his five misses have come from 42 yards and in. His last miss came from 34 yards in last week's loss to Carolina. Just shows you that Lawrence Tynes isn't the only crapshoot in the league.
PREDICTION: The Falcons are an eminently beatable team anyway. And now, without Michael Turner, their offense should be even more vulnerable. The heat is definitely on the Giants, however, since this looms as a huge conference game. Lose this, and they've really put their backs to the wall as far as divisional and wildcard tiebreakers go. A setback here could define their season and set them on a non-playoff course. They need a win, and they'll get it even without Pierce. 35-17, Giants.