MEET THE RAGTAG GIANTS OFFENSE
New York’s offense is averaging a measly 15.8 points per game. The NFL’s second worst scoring unit only tops the Cleveland Browns.
At this point in the year their offense is in bad shape. Two weeks ago the Redskins became the second team to hold them without an offensive touchdown.
Let’s analyze the starting changes between the first Dallas match-up and last week.
- RB: Paul Perkins ⇒ Orleans Darkwa
- WR: Brandon Marshall (IR) ⇒ Roger Lewis
- G: Justin Pugh ⇒ John Halapio
- C: Weston Richburg (IR) ⇒ Brett Jones
- T: Bobby Hart ⇒ Chad Wheeler
While Darkwa is a slight upgrade over Perkins, he’s nothing special in the backfield. The Giants as a team are ranked 27th in rushing.
Dallas’ stout front line paired with Lee and Hitchens will suffocate the run game.
DOWN TO TWO RECEIVING THREATS
It’s safe to say the receiving corps and offensive line are now shredded. Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t part of the first meeting and won’t be again.
The real difference is losing Pro Bowler Marshall. His replacement Lewis never started as a rookie last year and has yet to break 55 yards in 25 games.
COWBOYS RUSHERS READY TO FEAST
The three new offensive line starters since Week One are a definite downgrade.
Richburg (C) is on injured reserve and won’t be back. Pugh (G) is questionable with a back injury that’s kept him out the last two games.
Wheeler (T) suffered a concussion last week and is questionable. Even if he plays, the weakest link will be a huge mismatch for DeMarcus Lawrence.
Whatever combination of five the Giants scrape together, Manning is in danger.
There’s no doubt the offense will simplify. Expect two-tight end sets to help pass blocking and attempt to establish a ground game.
When they do pass it will involve shorter routes and quick releases to protect Eli.
With a weak running game, a decimated offensive line, and only two receiving threats, New York shouldn’t touch the Cowboys’ end zone.
If a more complete Dallas defense allows this offense to score double-digits, it may be time to re-evaluate defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s contract.