- Kieran Darcy, ESPN Staff Writer
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Heading into the New York Giants' regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, we thought we'd take a look at a big decision head coach Tom Coughlin and his staff have to make, in terms of the gameplan.
The decision this week: Should the Giants focus on the run, or the pass?
On the one hand, the Giants finished dead-last in rushing last season, averaging just 89.2 yards per game on the ground. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is expected to play, but has been suffering from a bruised hand. Meanwhile, quarterback Eli Manning threw for a career-high 4,933 yards last season, and he has a pair of wide receivers (Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz) who combined for 2,728 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
On the other hand, the Giants were able to rush the ball for more than 100 yards in each of their two meetings against the Cowboys last season -- both victories. Rookie running back David Wilson showed flashes of stardom in the preseason. And the Cowboys have vastly improved their secondary, at least on paper, with the additions of cornerbacks Brandon Carr (free agency) and Morris Claiborne (draft).
Our two cents? The Giants really need to try to establish the run in this game. The Cowboys' starting nose tackle, Jay Ratliff, has already been ruled out with an ankle injury. It is important for the Giants to be a more balanced team offensively in 2012, to keep opposing defenses on their heels. And it'd be nice to control time of possession and keep Tony Romo & Co. off the field Wednesday night, considering the Giants are dangerously thin at cornerback. Prince Amukamara will not play, meaning Michael Coe makes his first NFL start.
So, what do you think? Should the Giants focus on the run, or the pass, Wednesday night? Register your opinion below.
2dBy Dan Graziano