At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not want to harp on Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, focusing most of his time on this week’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys.
Coming off of a bye, the Cowboys have lost three in a row after starting 2-0, but Coughlin was impressed with what he saw in their last game against the New England Patriots despite what the final score indicated.
“There’s no question their defensive team played well,” Coughlin said. “It was a very tight game for a long time.”
Arguably the strongest part of the Cowboys defense is the defensive line, which applied consistent pressure to Tom Brady for much of the first half.
Coughlin admitted the offensive line would have to step up after they allowed 16 pressures and three sacks against the Eagles.
“We have to do a better job of getting beat on the edge and getting pushed back into the quarterback’s face,” Coughlin acknowledged.
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys made a change a quarterback during the bye week, inserting Matt Cassel for the struggling Brandon Weeden.
Coughlin talked about how the coaching staff had gone back and done their homework on Cassel, studying his successful season with the Patriots in 2008 and some of his more recent play this past preseason.
The Giants have actually faced Cassel once before, a 27-16 win in 2009 while Cassel was with the Kansas City Chiefs. Cassel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in that losing effort.
For more on the Giants-Cowboys showdown watch Giants 1st & 10 Friday at 5 PM on MSG+ and 6 PM on MSG.