Giants stayed in 11 (1 RB, 1TE) personnel the whole way and we responded with our Nickel defense:
Compton stayed aligned to the side that had more wide receivers. Fancy people call it the ‘field’ or ‘passing strength’. It tends to be the side of the field with more space when the ball is lined up on the hash:
He’s lighter and can cover more ground than Foster and has a better grasp of zone drops than Cravens, so it looks like no matter which linebacker he’s on the field with the coaches will ask him to stay lined up to the passing strength.
I might have missed it, but I didn’t see a 3-4 defense one time in this game.
On With The Show:
The Giants ran a play some people call “Power” which allows for a double team to the side the running back runs toward and has an offensive lineman pull and lead the back through a hole. The Giants usually doubled our 3 technique (lined up in between the guard and tackle) and pulled the backside guard as shown above. They ran it versus Dallas in Week 1:
and Dallas chose to keep 2 safeties back and defend the Power play with 6 in the box:
The Giants running backs profited as Vereen finished that game with 6.3 yards per carry and Jennings with 4.2 yards per carry. The following week the Giants played New Orleans and the Saints tweaked things around a bit:
They consistently brought down a safety and played with 7 in the box, blitzed linebackers and changed up their fronts to match up with and confuse the Giants’ Power blocks:
Vereen finished that game with 3.0 ypc and Jennings with 2.1 ypc. Guess which game plan we picked!