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For the Giants to pull out a victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, a lot has to go right. Stopping Ezekiel Elliott will be the primary focus for head coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants defense.
However, one thing has plagued the offense in the past, and that is converting on third downs. Better yet, putting themselves in short-yardage situations for third-down would be the ideal scenario. In 2018, the Giants had an average of 8.51 yards to go on second down, the second-highest distance in the NFL. Rebuilding the offensive line and seeing Saquon Barkley into his second season should alleviate some of that pressure and give the team better movement down the field.
As per Giants.com:
“They’re really, really good at home, especially with having the crowd noise, their speed and their talent,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “Number one, we have to do a good job of staying out of the long yardage situations, as we always talk about. But then if we’re in passing situations, we have to make sure that, whether or not we’re sliding our protection, using chip help or getting the ball out fast, we do all of those things well, because they’re really good rushing the passer and they’re also good against the run, too. They bring movement. They have speed on third down, whether or not it’s up the field or change of direction, and they really, more so than other teams, do that on first and second down, too. (They) are very coordinated with their linebackers to play the run.”
Confusing the Dallas defense and keeping them preoccupied with the wide receivers will open up the game for Barkley and his unique talents. It will be difficult, though, given their consistent pass rush and aggressiveness towards Eli Manning.
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