This week The Other Side stays in-house and talks about the New York Giants with the man who covers the Giants, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.
Q: How different are the Giants since that season-opening loss?
A: They're getting better. They aren't at the level of where they were when they won the Super Bowl last year but making their way toward that. The pass rush is improving. Justin Tuck just got his first sack of the season. Jason Pierre-Paul is heating up and Osi Umenyiora is also beginning to get to the quarterback. The running game and offensive line is in a better place than where it was in the season opener. Eli Manning had an off day against Washington but he and his receivers are more in sync than they were against Dallas. And the secondary still has work to do but is not as shaky as it was on opening night.
Q: Looks like Martellus Bennett is playing better after some injuries, is that fair to say?
A: Actually, the Washington game was his first big game statistically since Week 3. The Giants like his blocking and ability to catch but he and Manning haven't always been on the same page. When the Giants look to get the tight end involved, Bennett can definitely be a weapon in the passing game.
Q: Chris Canty is back. How much can his return improve the defensive line?
A: I think they are still going to try to ease him back in but he makes a difference. He can help draw some of the double teams away from (Pierre-Paul), Osi and Tuck. He is a monster inside from a size perspective to deal with. And the Giants need him to help stop the run. They have had problems in that area.
Q: Why do you think the Giants play so well in Arlington?
A: I think they love the feeling of it being a big game every time they are in Dallas. There is definitely hype and a big-game feel every time they go to Dallas and they like when Jerry Jones challenges them. They get up for this game more than say the Redskins. And the Giants want to redeem themselves for a poor showing in the season opener. They have revenge on their minds.
Q: Can anybody stop the Giants receivers?
A: That's always been a big reason why the Giants do so well in Dallas. But Jerry made some nice moves in the offseason to upgrade the secondary and it showed in the season opener. Nicks is still making his way back physically and isn't quite himself. Cruz has been a monster. The Cowboys need to take Cruz out of the mix and probably make Nicks, Domenik Hixon and Martellus beat them. And even then, it is still hard to shut down Cruz or stop Manning from finding other receivers.