Giants vs. Dolphins: 3 things to watch
1. More Moore?
Should Matt Moore (ribs) get the start at quarterback, Giants fans should still have harsh memories of the young signal caller closing out the old Giants Stadium in 2009 with a virtuoso performance. Moore, then on Carolina, diced the secondary the entire afternoon, as he completed 15-of-20 passes for 171 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 41-9 win – the worst home loss since 1998. Moore had a career-high 139.8 rating, as the performance essentially eliminated the Giants from the playoffs. Many of the Giants defenders from that day are still on the roster, so they’re very much aware of what Moore can do.
2. Bush Breakout
Dolphins running back Reggie Bush has been a colossal failure of a free agent signing, but Giants head coach Tom Coughlin feels that this may be his breakout game. When asked about the versatile Bush, Coughlin said he’s worried about matchups with Bush against his linebackers in open space.
“They like taking Bush and flanking him out and doing all of those kinds of things in space … they’ve done that before and I’m sure that’s what they had in mind when they brought him there.”
Coughlin noted how aggressive the Miami passing game has been – particularly with Bush in the slot – since Moore was inserted.
3. Doubting Thomas
The Giants have the deepest defensive front four in the league, but have been ravaged by injuries. Although they’re finally getting guys back healthy the Giants have been gashed by opposing running backs. They get a break with Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas out, but the newly-healthy line has to step up.
The Giants are allowing 127.7 rushing yards per game and 4.5 per carry.
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