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Cover 3: What we learned from Giants vs. Dolphins


The crew reacts to the 20-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13:

John Schmeelk: The Giants beat the Eagles the previous week, but some of their issues were masked by four Philadelphia turnovers. Against the Dolphins, the Giants managed only two drives of 33 or more yards. It is almost impossible to score points in the NFL if your team cannot run the ball consistently nor generate explosive pass plays. The Giants had 90 yards on 17 carries against Miami, which looks respectable, but 53 of those yards came on three carries, including 13 on 3rd-and-33 and 23 when Miami had a late 11th defender running onto the field. The Giants had no passes that went for more than 20 yards.

The Giants still haven't found an identity on offense or a way to consistently move the ball or score touchdowns. It's why they only have two touchdowns over the past three weeks and are averaging just over 10 points per game during that same stretch.

Dan Salomone: From changing play-callers one week to losing their starting quarterback the next, the Giants' situation on offense took another turn when backup Mike Glennon suffered a concussion. If he can't play and Daniel Jones is unable to return from his neck injury, the Giants would likely turn to Jake Fromm, who was signed off of the Buffalo Bills' practice squad five days ago and has no regular season experience. The Giants also have former Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke on the practice squad.

They will assess the situation from the desert. After Sunday's game in Miami, the Giants flew to Tucson, Ariz., where they will practice this week at the University of Arizona. Then they're off to Los Angeles for a game against the Chargers, who had six sacks and 11 quarterback hits in Week 13.

"We're prepared to play some good defense, go get some turnovers, go score some points, support whoever's back there (playing quarterback)," safety and defensive co-captain Logan Ryan said, "and get ready to have some fun on this trip and find a way to win on the west coast."

Lance Medow: For the ninth time in 12 games (including the past five), the Giants offense scored 20 points or less. In five of those nine contests, the defense held the opponent to no more than 20 points, yet they're 2-3 in those games. The lack of offensive production is putting an extreme amount of pressure on the defense to essentially play a near perfect game on a weekly basis - and under those circumstances, it's very difficult to consistently come out on top.

In Sunday's loss to Miami, with it still a one-score game, the defense forced the Dolphins to punt on their first four possessions of the second half. Yet the Giants' offense managed only three points over their next four possessions and Miami then scored a touchdown to provide some breathing room. The inefficiency on third down (6-16) was primarily because they faced 11 chances of 8+ yards. In addition, their lone red zone trip resulted in a field goal.


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