On Sunday, the 5-7 Miami Dolphins will host the 4-7 New York Giants at Hard Rock Stadium for their Week 13 game.
Dolphins and Giants have experienced similar seasons, despite having very different paths to get there. Now this game will feature substitute quarterback Mike Glennon instead of Daniel Jones due to a neck injury, as Jones was limited to training throughout the week and was not cleared. to get in touch.
Miami’s defense, led by Xavien Howard, has been excellent in recent weeks, keeping the teams at 12.3 points per game in their last three games. It will be interesting to see if the other side of the ball can continue its progression and pull its own weight.
To help better understand the Giants, we spoke with Dan Benton of Giants Wire, and he answered five questions for us before Sunday.
DB – It really depends on who you ask. Some don’t care about anything other than the results and if they don’t win it must be the quarterback’s fault and only the quarterback’s fault. In reality, the Giants find themselves in the exact same place they were in the last few years of Eli Manning’s career. The offensive line is arguably (if not certainly) the worst in the league, blocking down is non-existent, running play is below par and the conservative play call under Jason Garrett has been counterproductive for Daniel. Jones. It is not without its flaws itself, but it is almost impossible to assess it given the O line and the non-functioning unit around it. Sometimes it shines brightly, but it’s fleeting. The Giants will never know what they got in Jones or any future quarterback if they don’t fix the line. It really is that simple (even if they make it seem incredibly difficult).
DB – Name it and it hurt. His vocation for play came in the early 1990s, his plans were unimaginative and too conservative. He was a huge fan of short-stick curling courses and ignored his big targets in the red zone. His spacing schemes for the receivers were underwhelming and essentially knocked out YAC, and he was unwilling to accept player feedback. Beyond all this, he was stubborn and refused to adapt. When he tried to pass the buck for the offensive failures, that’s all she wrote. Jason Garrett is a good man, but he’s a bad offensive coordinator.
DB – Aforementioned injuries and offensive patterns. Golladay is a big target who wins on contested balls. It’s not going to create a ton of separation, so spacing needs to be planned. This was not the case. Beyond that, it is also essential to be aggressive when targeting Golladay. Daniel Jones was trained not to take these risks. Add in several different wounds and that was a Murphy’s Law scenario for Golladay. The good news? He’s healthy now and Freddie Kitchens, who has taken over the game, not only seeks advice from Golladay and Jones, he’s unleashed Jones, allowing him to press the ball on Golladay more often.
DB – There is certainly more to Barkley’s struggles than just injuries. Obviously, serious ankle and knee injuries take their toll on running backs, but even when he’s on the pitch Barkley is hesitant. He seems not to know where to go, is rightly wary of his offensive line and his vision of the field has gone blind. He still shows explosive talent and elusiveness here and there, but he just doesn’t seem to trust himself or anyone else once he’s on the pitch. The lack of training time is certainly contributing to that, but a lot of it is mental right now.
DB – Jason Pierre-Paul. Easy but interesting question. There are a lot of former Giants offensive linemen right now who could help (see: Kevin Zeitler), but if we’re only allowed to pick one up in this scenario, it has to be JPP. Not only is Pierre-Paul very strong against the race, he’s a non-stop engine and is able to put organic pressure on the quarterfinals – something the Giants just can’t do. They traded him prematurely and it has certainly cost them since.