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Next Day Thoughts: Giants Cowboys

Well, that was a hell of a win! Great game. On the edge of your seat. Just fun to watch. As we had been writing all week, this was a must win game; The Giants delivered. Here are some Next Day Thoughts on the Giants Cowboys:

-There are two plays that, for me, may have a changed a season. First, the 74 yard reception from Brandon Jacobs. For the first time all year, he wasn’t going to be denied. No one was going to stop him. We hadn’t seen that. That determination. That run, I believe, gave the Giants confidence, giving a talented team the extra push it needed. 

The second play, of course, was the 79 yard punt return by Domenik Hixon. Besides turning out to be the game winner, it was such a huge momentum boost. As I said on Twitter during the game, the Hixon punt return will be known as “The Punt Return That Saved A Season”. Without it, the Giants probably lose that game.

-The Cowboys could not run the ball yesterday. I think Chris Canty was a huge part of it. Eventually, the Cowboys just abandoned the run, because there was nowhere to go.

-Unfortunately, the pass defense was not as good. Roy Williams was absolutely burning Bruce Johnson all game. The loss of Michael Johnson kind of shuffled things around, and that allowed Bruce Johnson to have single coverage with Williams, and Williams took advantage of it. The pass rush was there, but if Romo had a little bit of time, he was finding an open receiver. 

-You might as well not cover Jason Witten anymore, because covering him isn’t working that well. He’s so good at finding open space.

-Michael Boley, if Antonio Pierce does not return next year, will be the new heart and soul of the defense.

-Have to give it up to Tony Romo, who was exceptional. He’s flown under the radar this year, but the guy is a good QB.

-In this must win game, the Giants came through. There was passion, heart, fire, desire. The game against the Eagles is even bigger. But we’re still alive. And that’s all that matters

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4 Responses to “Next Day Thoughts: Giants Cowboys”

  1. If you look at years past and what the defense does well that wins games, it has not been pass defense so much as it has been pressuring the QB, getting hits, stopping the run, and not making mistakes — IE missed assignments, missed tackles, etc.

    Even the Superbowl winning year, the Giants secondary only played adequately overall, not good.

    What stood out was the ability to clamp down on teh ground game and not give up big plays from the middle of the field.

    They did that to a large extent this week — swarmed the middle when Romo passed there…. a WHOLE LOT given that was obviously a weak spot for the Giants. Didnt miss tackles, and didnt give up many big plays from those situations.\

    The pressure forced Romo to get the ball out in some areas where he was off.

    Coverage was better in the middle of the field this week.

    The rotation was great at LB adn on the line — I am as excited and reinvigorated as teh Giants were yesterday.

    Way to make adjustments and play your tails off, Giants

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  3. Jeremy says:

    i was watching the game and i was thinking to my self. Sintim and Kiwi are interchangeable. they are both athletic enough to rush and cover a little im excited to see how coughlin wants them used in games one blitzing, both blitzing, both in coverage. the possibilities are numerous. Oh and Cofield is a good NT he’ll do. We might not need to draft one high like i was dreading. Aron Ross on 4th & 2, that tackle was huge. Knock on wood we found our PlayofF line up. i dont want to get ahead of myself though.

    • hey I agree — this Giants lineup was dynamic, it was creating confusion for the ‘Boys, passion was there… it was Playoff caliber for sure.

      Now can that be extended to the Eagles…

      and the Skins for that matter because they are getting better every week.

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