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Cowboys vs Giants: Week 1 film study shows insights for Week 8

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At Dallas News, I posted some film study of the Cowboys’ defensive looks in Week 1. Specifically, I analyzed their use of Cover 2 and Cover 1.

The Good: Giants’ First Play

The Cowboys played Cover 2 on the very first play of their season-opening matchup with the Giants. The Giants used “12” personnel—one running back, two tight ends, and two receivers—on a 1st and 10 from their own 16-yard line. As they did for the majority of the night, the Giants motioned Martellus Bennett to the side of DeMarcus Ware so that the tight end could chip the outside linebacker on his way into his route.

Both Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr played press coverage on the play, with Claiborne forcing Nicks (circled above) inside. The Giants showed run action, but linebacker Sean Lee diagnosed it quickly. Lee was already backing into his drop before Manning even turned after the playaction fake.

Read the rest at DMN.

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