Beware of blitzing Eli Manning
The Cowboys were among the NFL’s worst blitzing defenses last season. Manning was as good as it gets beating blitzes.
When rushing five or more men, the Cowboys ranked 27th in completion percentage against (58.7), 30th in yards per attempt allowed (9.0) and tied for last in touchdowns (13) and 30-yard completions allowed (14), according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Manning helped create those ugly numbers. He led the NFL with 18 touchdowns against five-plus-man pass rushes, including three against the Cowboys.
The Cowboys certainly hope their secondary upgrades will make them a more effective blitzing defense. Quarterbacks won’t be able to get rid of the ball as quickly if cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne play up to expectations.
Nevertheless, Ryan needs to pick his spots wisely against Manning. When the Cowboys get creative with the pass rush, they better get home.
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