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Mailbag: Grading Kellen Moore’s OC Debut?

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I really am impressed with how Kellen Moore used all of the personnel that Dallas has on offense. Beyond just using motions, how much is the way he uses all personnel an indicator of the offensive success? And how did you like the balance of his play-calling? - J.M. SMITH / ST. CHARLES, MD

Bryan: Moore took advantage of what the Giants put out there. They have no pass rush and their safeties play with no range. Give him credit for spreading the ball around but that’s what he had shown in training camp practices so it was no surprise to me. 

Rob: It’s hard to argue with anything about Moore’s debut. The tempo and rhythm were good, and as you said, everyone got involved. Even fullback Jamize Olawale gave the defense something to think about as a downfield receiver. I think Dak Prescott said it best: It’s not like all those successful plays were brand new, but the way they presented things pre-snap was different. Maybe the most important result based off last year: 2 for 2 in the red zone.

I was happy with the win, but we got gashed in the run game just like against the Rams. We gave up 470 total yards on defense. That's got me concerned; what are your thoughts? - DAVID DILLARD / JAMESTOWN, TN

Bryan: The game plan was to control Saquon Barkley/Evan Engram and did neither. That’s a concern. With that being said they would gladly give up yards instead of points. The Giants' last touchdown was disappointing in that regard. The Giants' offensive line has improved, but the pass rush wasn’t as consistent as it needed it to be. That’s a concern. 

Rob: The leaders on defense weren’t happy with their overall performance, not just in the run game but affecting Eli Manning in the pocket. It’s a high standard. That said, they did get off the field. The Giants were 2 of 11 on third down. The explosive plays are what they must eliminate going forward, particularly the 59-yard run by Barkley and the 43-yard catch by Latimer.

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