Big Blue’s offense has shown some decent signs of life the past few weeks, but the unit still has not hit its stride.
In the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all racked up 100-plus yards receiving, so Eli Manning is hoping he can spread the ball around on the Cowboys’ depleted secondary.
But Gilbride is certainly not taking Dallas’ defensive unit lightly.
“One of the best in turning the ball over, they do a great job,” he said. “You still see a lot of talent. You have a first round draft pick at a corner (Morris Claiborne), you have the one they paid the high price (Brandon Carr), you have some great defensive linemen. Fortunately for us, a couple of them are hurt, so that doesn’t hurt our cause.”
The Cowboys will be without middle linebacker Sean Lee, which is a huge blow to that defense.
“Anytime you lose a great player, it hurts your performance,” Gilbride said. “They’ve got some guys that are pretty good behind him. (Ernie) Sims is a hell of a football player, still a hell of a football player, and probably has as much speed as any linebacker in the league. If he’s the guy taking his place, it’s not like there’s a huge fall off.”
The weather may be an issue Sunday at MetLife Stadium, with game-time temperatures expected to be around 25 degrees. Of course, the wind is usually whipping around as well, so Gilbride is always conscious of the conditions.
“You’re throwing it into the teeth of the wind and the wind is blowing sideways, you have to pick your spots and sometimes I’ve been in games where one half of the game you’re going one way, you take a certain approach, you turn around, you come the other way, you can open it up and do a lot more things,” he said. “It really depends upon the severity of the wind and what selection of routes that you’re choosing. Probably going to be judicious in the amount of deep balls you’re going to throw.”
This could be the week where the Giants’ offense breaks out against a favorable matchup. Coming out with energy should not be an issue, since this game has been circled on Big Blue’s calendar for a few weeks now.
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