How the Cowboys Can Beat the Giants in Week 8
At Dallas Morning News, I examined the coverage that the Cowboys used to beat the Giants in Week 1.
I just re-watched the Week 1 win, focusing on Rob Ryan’s defensive calls. The Cowboys played with a Cover 2 shell on 39 of their 51 defensive snaps (76.5 percent). On the 12 plays Ryan decided to dial up something other than Cover 2 (or Cover 2 Man-Under), the Cowboys yielded one rush for 32 yards and 11 passes for 78 yards (7.09 net yards-per-attempt). Eli Manning was actually 7-for-9 for 98 yards (10.89 YPA) when the ‘Boys had just one safety deep, but DeMarcus Ware also had two sacks for -20 yards. When the Cowboys sat back in any form of Cover 2, Manning averaged only 5.0 YPA and the Giants’ running game, which should have excelled against the look, totaled just 2.78 YPC.