The Giants did not let Terrance Williams get behind the defense against the Cowboys. Other than that, the team failed to accomplish any of the Giants360 keys to victory and it showed on the field, as Big Blue dropped their second straight to Dallas, 31-21. After studying themselves for almost two weeks, Tom Coughlin’s troops come out after the bye with a chance to even their record at 4-4 against the Colts on Monday night at Metlife Stadium. Here is what they need to do to ensure meaningful football in New Jersey in the month of December:
- Throw the Ball. In their three losses, the Colts have given up 331 yards and a touchdown, 259 yards and three touchdowns, and 522 yards and 6 touchdowns. In addition, 12 of the 14 touchdown passes the Colts defense has surrendered have come on the road. Eli Manning and company need to take advantage of this vulnerability and throw early and often to pile up points against a potent Indianapolis offense.
- Blanket T.Y. Hilton. He is Andrew Luck’s favorite target, seeing 78 attempts going is way, with 53 receptions and 866 yards. While old friend Ahmad Bradshaw and tight end Dwayne Allen are the preferred targets in the red zone, it’s Hilton that gets the Colts to the promised land. It will be more difficult for him to put them there if two Giants are near him at all times.
- Cover Ahmad Bradshaw. Running backs have decimated the Giants in the passing games, often run free through the Giants defense, and Bradshaw has been a big weapon for the Colts. Bradshaw has caught 31 of 37 targets for 264 yards and 6 touchdowns, and allowed to move unchecked out of the backfield, will add to that total Monday Night.
- Protect the Ball. The Colts defense gives up 3.38 red zone drives per game and gives up points 77.78% of the time in the red zone with opponents scoring 18 touchdowns and 6 field goals in 27 opponent red zone drives. If the Giants can hold on the football, they can score against the defense.
- Generate Turnovers. Indianapolis averages 2.25 turnovers per game. Creating three and the field position associates with it, and capitalizing on that field position, will put the Giants in position to win the game. Without turnovers, stopping the Colts will be a huge challenge for a banged up Giants defense.
This is a winnable game against a Colts team that struggles away from the RCA dome, and one that the Giants desperately need. If they follow the steps Giants360 has laid out for them, it’s a path to victory, and, as we’ve seen earlier this season, failure to achieve at least three of these keys to victory has resulted in disaster.