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Giants-Cardinals Halftime Thoughts

This game really picked up in the second half, as the Giants are winning 14-10. Both teams are starting to show life on offense, and it should be an entertaining second half.

The Giants offense has shown some success tonight, especially running the ball, where Brandon Jacobs looks like his old self, scoring a touchdown and breaking off long runs. The passing game has the ability to be succesful, but they aren’t doing it right. With the Cards overloading to stop the run, it would be wise to do some play actions, to do some rollouts. The Cards are so aggressive, that the Giants should exploit that. Eli hasn’t been bad, save for an interception on a deep ball intended for Domenik Hixon. The corner back did make a great play on it. Hakeem Nicks is on fire, scoring another TD. Granted, it was off  Manningham and fell right into his hands. That’s right place at the right time. Incredible.

The defense looks like the Giants defense. They are getting pressure on Warner. I don’t think you can stress the importance of pressure. Warner is not getting much time to throw, and when he does, the Giants are covering the receivers. This is what was missing against the Saints.  Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t been as dominant as I thought. Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas are doing an outstanding job on him. The Cards really don’t have that much of a running game, which is allowing the Giants to focus on the passing game. To be fair, Beanie Wells looked like Adrian Peterson on his touchdown run. Luckily for the Giants, that was the only major play for the running game. While they are still getting pressure, the Cards are starting to move the ball. It’ll be interesting to see what adjustments the Giants make during halftime.

To win this game, the Giants have to exploit the overagressivness of the Cardinals defense. They do that by play action and rollouts. They can score against the Cards. The key is to stop the Cards. And they’ve been doing a good job of that. They have to keep up the pressure (and even intensify it), while keeping up the good coverage on the recievers. This is a winnable game. They just have to amp up the pressure, on both sides of the ball.

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One Response to “Giants-Cardinals Halftime Thoughts”

  1. kman says:

    i hope cc brown enjoys his last season with the gman, cc stands for can’t cover, and the brown is for doo doo

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