The New York Giants gave up three sacks Monday night to the Philadelphia Eagles after surrendering only four in the previous five games.
Next up, the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys, who have notched 11 sacks in four games this season and now boast a healthy pass-rushing tandem of Greg Hardy and rookie Randy Gregory.
The Giants expect pressure; it's a matter of countering it.
"They (Dallas) had a lot of different personnel and a completely different game plan for the Patriots, so it's hard to tell, based off that, if that's what they'll go back and do or kind of go back to what they were doing before," quarterback Eli Manning said. "So we've got to see whatever happens on Sunday. Whatever style they want to come out and play, we'll have a game plan for it."
One way of countering it: better movement in the pocket.
That responsibility falls on Manning, who was seemingly on his backside more often than he was upright against Philly on Monday night.
"That's part of football," Manning admitted. "Sometimes you just have those games. Hopefully you can still get the ball out, you can still get completions, you can still run your offense and overcome them. But you just understand that's part of playing the quarterback position. There are some weeks where things aren't open down the field as fast as you want them to be. You've got to try and move around, buy some time, and take some hits. That's alright."
Perhaps one reason why Manning has been taking those hits is because of the double coverage defenses have used against top wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
After hauling in seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in the first half, Beckham was rendered without a catch over the final two quarters. Not surprisingly, the Giants didn't put up a point in that span of time.
Manning said he has to do a better job of finding other receivers that are left in one-on-one coverage when defenses use multiple players to shadow Beckham.
"Teams are going to have plays during the game when they're going to double-team him (Beckham) and try to take him away and that's fine," Manning said. "You've got to move him around, don't make it easy for them. But other guys have to make plays. You've got to find the guys that have the single coverage and those guys have got to win for us. So it's not a situation where you try to get a receiver to beat double-coverage all the time. It's playing your reads and going to where the defense is telling you to go."