Four weeks ago, the Giants were coming off a win versus the Washington Football Team (WFT) and facing the Eagles. Here we are again.
Will the Giants be able to claim back-to-back wins for the first time under Joe Judge?

After the October 22nd heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, it would have been easy for recent Giants teams to fold, sulk and make excuses for blowing an 11-point lead with six minutes to go. Not this team. Not this coaching staff. Not these players.

Coach Judge does an excellent job flushing the Giants’ collective memory and moving onto the next opponent.

First Big Game since 2016

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This is a major rivalry for the Giants. Well, it used to be a rivalry. The Giants have lost 12 of the last 13 games against the Eagles. There could be a major growth point for the team this week if they come away with a win. They need to reverse the outcome and move on from often-repeated recent results. Yet, if it wasn’t for the writers and social media, you would not know this game is for a winning division record and a share of the division lead in wins. To the Giants team and staff, they say this is just another game. No bulletin board fodder from this group. The only message shared by the team and coaches is respect for the opponent, different game plans, some different players.

The Giants are a team that continues to improve week-to-week. You can see it in the game film. You can hear it from the players and coaches. There is a quiet confidence that keeps building in this group. There is a “deja vu” familiarity shared by veterans of Giants championship teams in how this 2020 team is coming together. Just ask Carl Banks and Osi Umenyora.

The Giants have a Running Game

The Giants rushed for 160 yards in the first Eagles’ game. But, 80 of those yards came on Daniel Jones’ infamous RPO keeper. Last week, the Giants rushed for 166 yards with no runs by Daniel.

In fact, they ran the ball 35 times last week, by far the most run plays of the season. Brian Baldinger said it best.

The Giants have a running game.

This is very much a different Giants team that will play the Eagles on Sunday. In the first game, the Giants relied on deception to gain yards on the ground. This week, the Giants will rely on the offensive line to impose its will on the defense, opening holes and sustaining blocks to gain yards on the ground.

Coach Judge promises to use offensive line rotations at both Guard and Tackle this week. We’ve already seen the Tackle rotation with Cam Fleming, Andrew Thomas, and Matt Peart. Now that Will Hernandez is back from COVID recovery, he’ll join Kevin Zeitler and Shane Lemieux in moving between the Guard positions. Add the suddenly effective running back tandem of Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris–and maybe the occasional Daniel Jones RPO–and you have a potentially dominant rushing attack.

A Plan that is Coming Together

Giants’ fans should recognize this formula…Impose your will, gain yards on the ground, eat up the clock, and keep the defense fresh.

History gave us running back tandems such as Rodney Hampton and OJ Anderson, Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne, Brandon Jacobs, and Ahmad Bradshaw…all running behind reliable and cohesive offensive lines. Winning combinations.

Keep moving forward, Giants.
Especially on the ground.

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