Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) rushes for yardage against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Giants defeated the Titans 36-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Best Case Scenario Part 1: Running The Football
The Giants desperately need to get something going on the ground in this game. Without a good running game to keep the Dallas defense honest, they will constantly pressure Eli Manning. Expecting the Cowboys defense to be aggressive in this game, the best way to diffuse that aggression is a good running game.
One thing I like about the Giants offensive line in comparison to last season is that it should be better at run blocking. Run blocking is what we know rookie left tackle, Ereck Flowers does well. Justin Pugh may struggle in pass protection at any position but as a guard I think you’ll see improved run blocking. Geoff Schwartz at right guard plows defensive linemen out of the way.
The main concern with the offensive line is pass protection. The better you run the football the less you have to pass it and the less the defense can pressure your quarterback. If Rashad Jennings (or Shane Vereen) can average just 4 yards a carry against the Cowboys it adds the missing element to the Giants offense and it helps them balance the offensive production.
Next: Best Case Scenario Part 2: Protecting The Football