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By Jonathan Bales

New York Times: Dealing With Victor Cruz

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The Cowboys’ biggest challenge in Week 8 will be defending Victor Cruz. At the New York Times, I broke down Cruz’s game-winning score against the Redskins in Week 7.

Facing a second-and-10 from their 23-yard line, the Giants had 1 minute 23 seconds left on the clock to drive down the field for what figured to be a game-tying field goal. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz had other plans. The Giants called for “11” personnel: one tight end, one running back and three receivers — and lined up in Shotgun Trips Right.

Cruz, lined up in the middle of the Giants’ Trips look, was matched up on Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson: advantage, Giants. Before the snap, the Redskins didn’t show blitz and lined up in a Cover 2 shell with both safeties deep. With man coverage underneath, Washington’s Cover 2 Man Under defense was really a safe call built to limit the potential for a big play.

Head to the Times to check out the full breakdown.

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