Today's edition of The Mailbag on Giants.com.
What singular improvement would make the biggest impact on the Giants' offensive performance?
More rushing yards, both per-game and per-carry. The Giants are 31st in the NFL in both categories with averages of 83.7 yards a game and 3.8 yards a carry. Ben McAdoo was pleased the Giants had 31 rushing attempts vs. Dallas (not including two kneeldowns), but they averaged just 2.8 yards. If they run the ball more productively, the Giants can both control the clock and keep it away from the opposing offense, and be diverse and thus more effective. And running the ball well always helps in late-season, cold-weather games.
What was the most significant facet of the Giants defense against the Cowboys?
The persistent pressure put on quarterback Dak Prescott, who looked like the rookie that he is for one of the few times this season. The Giants sacked him three times, hit him eight times, and constantly forced him out of the pocket and his comfort zone. And they further made Prescott uncomfortable by taking away his favorite receiver, Dez Bryant, who didn't catch a pass until the final minutes – and then fumbled away the ball.
Who has been the unsung hero for the Giants all season long?
Brad Wing. The Giants' punter was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his work against Dallas, but he has been superb all season. The victory against the Cowboys was a microcosm of what he's done. Wing punted nine times in the game – as did his counterpart, Chris Jones - tying his season high. He had a 43.2-yard gross average and a 42.9-yard net average, with a long punt of 57 yards. Five of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. Dallas totaled three yards on three punt returns. Wing leads the NFL with 17 punts downed inside the 20. That is consistently helping your team. And he gets very little acclaim for it.