First published on Examiner
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning knows the key to beating the Houston Texans; keep Houston’s offense on the sidelines.
“We have to stay on the field,” Manning explained on Wednesday. “Their offense is explosive, and can score a lot of points. We have to convert third downs. They have great pass rushers, so we have to block things up. We have to run the ball, get play-action, stay in a rhythm, get a good down-and-distance, and make plays when they’re there.”
The Giants beat the Bears last Sunday night because of defense, defense and more defense. New York’s offense was not impressive in the first half, but Manning is not concerned. “I think every week sometimes it’s just football,” Manning said. “Sometimes it takes a little longer to get going. When we needed something in the third and fourth quarter, we played very well. We ended on some really good drives, and you need to be able to play well in the fourth quarter and finish games, and we were able to do that.”
New York’s offense has struggled somehow in every game. Manning thinks the Giants are moving in the right direction, saying “Sometimes it takes time to find your style and find what’s working for you this year. Being here a number of years, you learn each year some things that were great for you the previous years aren’t so great now, and vice versa. We just need to find our identity, and we’re doing some good things. We just need to put it all together.”
Houston is going to score against the Giants this weekend. There’s no denying that. Manning and company must play much, much better in order to compete with the Texans on Sunday. 17 points may not cut it.
All quotes courtesy of New York Giants Communications Office
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