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How much patience will the Giants coaching staff have with Matt Dodge if he continues to struggle?

Dear Fan:

To quote Tom Coughlin this week, "Patience is not a good word right now." The Giants haven't exhausted their supply of patience regarding Dodge, but he is draining it. Dodge has a strong leg and tremendous potential but he has not demonstrated the consistency that Coughlin craves. The Giants believe Dodge will be a very good punt in time. But it's tough waiting for him to develop in the regular season, because while he does, he could potentially cost the Giants a game with a poor punt. Dodge has an opportunity Sunday to punt in a big road game on the national stage. If he plays well, it might indicate he has turned the corner. If not…the Giants might have to make a decision.

Will the Giants be able to run the ball on the Colts defense like the Texans did last week?

Dear Pat:

I'd like to think the Giants will have success running the ball, but I'm not going to predict 257 yards and 6.1 yards a carry. The Giants didn't get their ground game going until the second half last week. And some might argue they never really got in a rhythm, because 61 of their 118 yards came on two runs. I think that was partly attributable to the offensive line never playing together in the preseason. The Colts can be tough to rough against outside, because they have so much speed on the edge. The Giants will probably try to run inside, but they need to the line to be in sync to succeed. I think that will happen and I think Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will have a productive night.

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