3 thoughts on the Giants-Dolphins matchup

1. New offensive line continuity will help RB Orleans Darkwa, especially if the run game is successful. The Dolphins’ offensive line is young, and the group has begun to gel with Chris Clemons returning…

3 thoughts on the Giants-Dolphins matchup

1. New offensive line continuity will help RB Orleans Darkwa, especially if the run game is successful. The Dolphins’ offensive line is young, and the group has begun to gel with Chris Clemons returning at right guard and the unit now having a week to work together. Darkwa had a career year last season with the Giants, running for 1,089 yards on 220 carries with seven touchdowns. He’ll need to do even better if he wants to play in the postseason. The Jaguars (1,800 yards on the ground, eighth in the NFL) aren’t out of the playoffs picture for the first time since 2008, but that’s not saying much.

2. The Giants secondary needs to stop a Dolphins passing attack that averages 288 yards per game through the air. The unit has given up a league-high 33 touchdown passes. It’s hard to hide away from elite pass rushers like defensive end Cameron Wake and linebacker Kiko Alonso, but the secondary can’t give up a post pattern that starts with a curl. It will take a lot for the Giants to compete in this game, but the team’s lone objective has to be to limit the damage that Miami does through the air.

3. The Giants’ defense will be back at full strength. According to Pro Football Focus, the unit is still about a half-step slower than it was a year ago, but the draft-day acquisition of cornerback Eli Apple will give the unit a boost. The Dolphins would definitely like to be able to do something about the Giants’ two talented receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. Beckham leads the NFL with 1,388 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.

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