How Cowboys Can Beat Giants’ Coverage
Last year, the Giants played the same coverage on 57.1 percent of snaps against the Cowboys in the team’s first game. They’re going to do it again tonight. At NBC, I discussed how the Cowboys can beat “Cover 2 Man-Under.”
Run the ball efficiently.
I’m not a huge proponent of running the ball in abundance, even to start games. The notion that teams “wear down” defenses with the run is silly. In reality, teams win games by finding success through the air, then milking the clock with the run once they already own a lead. Actually, the Cowboys winning percentage when they run the ball on greater than 57 percent of plays through the first three quarters is .636, compared to .419 when they don’t throw it so often.
In tonight’s contest, however, I think getting DeMarco Murray started early is a good way to 1) give the offensive line confidence, and 2) change the Giants’ defensive mindset. If the ‘Boys can continually gash New York for six, seven, and eight-yard gains on the ground, they’ll force the Giants out of Cover 2 Man-Under, opening things up downfield.