Rams vs Giants: 4 Second Half Adjustments New York Must Make
The New York Giants and St. Louis Rams are in a battle on Monday Night Football, but the Giants have been able to make enough plays to build a 21-6 lead. Despite that 15 point lead, the Giants have a ton of work to do.
The Rams have been able to move the ball at will, but the Giants came up with red zone stops twice and held the Rams to two field goals.
The Giants have been anemic on offense, scoring two touchdowns off of Rams turnovers and one late after a drive was extended by a Rams holding penalty.
I thought the offense was going to be much better than this, but they haven't looked good outside of the two touchdown drives.
I thought Eli Manning was going to be much better, but he started this game 3/12. He was able to lead the Giants down the field before halftime and get a score, but again other than the two touchdown drives he's looked just terrible.
This slideshow will highlight four halftime adjustments the Giants need to avoid a Rams comeback victory.
Find a Way to Stop No-Huddle Offense
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The Rams have been moving the ball all over the Giants in the first half and Sam Bradford is finding wide open receivers due to the no-huddle offense.
On several plays the Giants looked confused and out of place before the snap, which led to many opportunities for the Rams.
If they are going to stop the Rams from scoring points, they need to figure out how to counter-act that no-huddle offense.
Get the Run Game Going
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The offensive line has been very suspect so far in this game, particularly in the run game. They've generally kept Eli Manning upright but haven't opened holes for Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs.
The Giants are known for their ability to run the football. Under Tom Coughlin since 2004 they have the highest yards per carry average in the NFL.
They aren't showing it so far in this game, though, and it's become a problem in the first six quarters of their 2011 season.
CONVERT a 3RD DOWN!
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Guess what? The Giants still stink on third down, and it's the identity of this offense right now. They started this game 0 for 6 on third down, and Eli Manning had yet another receiver drop a catch that would have led to a first down.
But let's not let Eli off the hook. He had a TERRIBLE first half, and started 0-6 against the Rams blitz to go along with that 0-6 start on third down.
They finally converted on a third down on their touchdown drive before the half, but it's still been embarrassing on those plays.
If they can't get the ball moving on first and second down to set up short third downs, it's going to be a very long season.
Get Pressure on Sam Bradford
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As good as the defense has played in the red zone, they haven't got pressure on Sam Bradford and it's showing. With the exception of a couple drives late in the second quarter, the front four has been neutralized.
Bradford has been hitting short routes to counter the Giants' pass rush. When the Giants don't blitz he's been able to find receivers wide open for deep plays.
Again, if the Giants don't rush the passer, the secondary is going to be in trouble.