5 Keys To Beating the Cards

Is this a must win game? I wouldn’t call it that, but this game against the Cardinals is pretty damn important. How do the Giants beat the Cardinals? Here are our 5 Keys.

1. Pressure, Pressure and More Pressure

This could be a key every week, but after last week’s performance, they need a pass rush, if only to get the fans off their backs. The pass rush will be key to stopping this high octane attack. They are not the Saints, but they’re pretty close. If the Giants don’t get a pass rush, Kurt Warner will eat the secondary apart.

2. Try to contain Larry Fitzgerald

I realize you cannot stop Larry Fitzgerald. You just can’t. You have to try and limit him. And now that Anquan Boldin is questionable, they might be able to do it. Like any team, having that number two option to take pressure off the number one will pay dividends. But now Boldin is questionable, and even if he plays, he won’t be 100%. The Giants will have the ability to focus on Fitzgerald and not get burned.

3. Run the Ball

Like I always say, a great defense to a great offense is a great run game. If Jacobs can get going (and I think he will) that will bode well for the G-Men. If Jacobs and Bradshaw control the clock, then Warner is off the field. And that’s a good thing.

4. Kevin Boss

I feel I’ve been saying this for weeks, but why can’t the Giants seem to incorporate Kevin Boss into the offense? He’s a weapon; in the red zone, stretching the seam. He’s a good player. This would be a good week get him involved, especially because the Cards will probably load up on the run. Run some play action, and get it to Boss. You won’t be sorry.

5. Win the Field Position Battle

This question was brought up in our roundtable, and I botched a Kanye joke trying to answer it (hey I’m a blogger, not a comedian.): Who’s better, Domenik Hixon or Steve Breaston. I said Breaston. Which is why field position is so important. If we can limit his yardage, that would be huge. Conversely, if Hixon could prove me wrong and have a better day that Breaston, that would go a long way in ensuring a Giants win.

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3 Responses to “5 Keys To Beating the Cards”

  1. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    #1 takes care of #2… and it you’re right that pressure on Warner is completely critical to this game.

    #3 — obviously going to be a factor.

    #4 — we all agree as superfans. Kevin Boss is a major weapon that can go nuts out on the town, but Gilbride has him staying home blocking instead. The TE is a major facet of the offense that the Giants are not exploiting… if blocking TE’s are so critical for the Giants offense then bring in 2 or 3 TE’s and get Boss out in the open field where he belongs.

    #5 — The Giants did nothing last week with a huge advantage in field position, so its great to have but in the end its how many points can you put up over 60 minutes. Instead of field position I would have said moving the chains with short passes…. it gets you into scoring position while eating up the clock.

    The Denver / Chargers game proves that you dont need high flying receivers to win games, just play good defense and spread the ball around with running and short passes. QB’s like Orton and Manning manage those game plans well and they are low risk plays that often develop into big gains. We have the weaponry to widdle away the defense all game with short passes and runs — lets exploit it this game and develop the rest of the offense instead of deep bombs on 3rd and short. that was a suprise play the last two years, not a staple. lets get back to basics here and play Giants smashmouth football.

  2. I wouldn’t say you botched the Kayne West Joke.

    Other people got it.

    I would say that I”m culturally inept I don’t pay much attention to those things.

    I’d like to see Hakeem Nicks have a big game.

  3. andrew ilnicki says:

    i got the joke… although it was a month out of touch 😉

    It really would be something to see Nicks with another big game… i was thinking he’s not a huge hulking guy with a large presence the way Plax was but of all the receivers the Giants have Nicks has the most bulk I would say. Both quick and strong, and he looks like he’s twice the size of Smith, Manningham and Hixon.

    To see him continue emerge Sunday night would be a real treat… I would like to see him contribute earlier in the game than last week for sure.

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