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How to get Offense Back on Track

Let’s face it: Without Plax, the Giants offense is struggling. No need to sugar coat it. One touchdown in two games is not Giants football. How do they fix it? How do they get back on track for this week, and for the playoffs? We give a five step plan:

1. Use Bradshaw!

Ahmad Bradshaw was, potentially, one of the most valuable players in the playoffs, and down the stretch last year. Remember the Buffalo game? Remember how he wore down Tampa? Remember the Green Bay game? Even if Jacobs is not playing, use him. Use him more. Give him and Ward screens, and dump-offs, to gain quick yards. Make the defense wary of that threat, and then hit them with the passing game. If Jacobs is playing, great. Even better. But you still have to use Bradshaw. Let Jacobs and Ward pound between the tackles for three quarters, and let Bradshaw run wild over a tired Defense. Not only does it keep Jacobs and Ward fresh for the stretch run, it helps the Giants win games!

2. Use Domenik Hixon on kick and punt returns

With Plax hurt, Hixon has had to accept a greater role in the offense. This, however, has made him stray away from what he does best: kick and punt returns. Football is a game of field position. And nothing helps a struggling offense more than a short field in front of them. With Hixon playing more receiver, he has had to relinquish his return duties, in favor of Sinorice Moss. No offense to Moss, but he is not a good returner. Neither is R.W. McQuarters. Put Hixon in now.

3. Use Moss and Manningham more.

Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham both have one great quality: Speed. And who doesn’t like speed? Defenses. Use their speed to your advantage. Reverses. Screens. A little Wildcat to shake things up. Moss and Manningham have not been featured enough in their short careers- especially Moss. When you mix things up, it keeps the defense on their toes, opening things up.

4. Throw to Boss more.

Kevin Boss is a first alternate for the Pro Bowl. Yet, it seems they haven’t utilized his pass catching skills enough. Throw little underneath routes to him. Split him out wide. He’s really a wideout in a tight end’s body. By utilizing that skill set more, it gives the defense another weapon to worry about.

5. Don’t Panic!

Plax has been a great player. He caught the game winning pass in the Super Bowl. But he’s not here. The Giants must block him out, and use what they have to win a Super Bowl. If they follow the four steps outlined above, the Giants will be well on their way. If they panic, the Giants will bow out of the playoffs in the first round. No one wants that to happen. We’ve outlined what they need to do. All the Giants have to do is implement it.


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