BETTER PREPARATION BY BRIAN DABOLL
The Giants’ head coach is learning on the job. He has made concerning, regrettable decisions in the last two games he’s coached. An ill-advised early fourth-down go call in the playoffs handed the Eagles a 38-7 blowout win. And his decision to leave Daniel Jones in last week’s 40-0 laugher to the Dallas Cowboys put the franchise quarterback at unnecessary risk — not to mention most of the Giants weren’t ready to play. Daboll needs to be better.
FOLLOW DEXTER LAWRENCE’S LEAD
The second-team All-Pro defensive tackle was one of the Giants’ few bright spots in Week 1. Lawrence is angry and frustrated and determined to take it out on the Arizona Cardinals’ interior offensive line. The same way Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys’ pass rush embarrassed the Giants’ O-line, Lawrence and the Giants have a chance to get after the Cards.
RUN THE BALL TO PROTECT THE LINE
This needs to be a 25-plus carry game for Saquon Barkley and a 35-carry combined game for Barkley and Daniel Jones. Joe Schoen and Daboll could be fielding a frightening starting five on the offensive line. And Arizona recorded six sacks on Washington’s Sam Howell in Week 1. Forget opening up the passing game. Just run the ball, protect it and get out with a win.