Paul Dottino

Eli Manning throws against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Dottino’s Game Balls, Gassers: Giants Doomed By Drops, Missed Opportunities

The Giants dropped the ball — literally — on a chance to jump back into the middle of the pack in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

11/04/2014

T.Y. Hilton (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images), Prince Amukamara (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Keys For Giants Against Colts’ Dangerous Offense

The time is now. The Giants (3-4) can’t wait any longer to make a move to get back into the NFC playoff picture. That brings us to tonight’s game against Indianapolis.

11/03/2014

Tony Romo hands off to DeMarco Murray in the Dallas Cowboys' victory over the New York Giants on October 19, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dottino’s Game Balls, Gassers: Giants Brutalized On Ground, End Of Story

Let’s make this as simple as possible. The Cowboys out-rushed the Giants, 156 to 104. You can start there, because everything else is secondary.

10/20/2014

DeMarco Murray runs against the Giants on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Keys To Giants’ ‘Must-Win’ Game In Dallas

The front seven — specifically LBs Jameel McClain, Jon Beason and Jacquian Williams — must hold their ground and fill those rushing lanes in order to contain DeMarco Murray.

10/17/2014

LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs past Jameel McClain #53 of the New York Giants during the first quarter of a football game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on October 12, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From The Giants’ Embarrassing Loss To Eagles

A total collapse would have been tough enough for the Giants to swallow. But to do so against a division rival, and lose WR Victor Cruz for the season with a torn patellar tendon on top of it?

10/13/2014

Giants running back Andre Williams scores a 3-yard touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on October 5, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Comeback Win Over Falcons

We know that rewarding Odell Beckham in his NFL debut might be the thing to do. But we try to go a bit deeper here whenever possible.

10/06/2014

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 of the New York Giants walks out of the tunnel before playing the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 25, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Things To Watch In Giants-Falcons, Plus A Prediction

They hit the switch during Wednesday’s practice. Everybody on the 53-man roster participated and the players discovered their swagger as they prepared for Sunday’s home meeting with the Falcons.

10/03/2014

Tight end Larry Donnell #84 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 25, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From The Giants’ Domination Of Redskins

The Redskins must have thought that Larry Donnell’s receiving stats after the first three games were a misprint, because they didn’t pay close attention to him.

09/26/2014

Rashad Jennings #23 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups To Watch In Giants-‘Skins, Plus A Prediction

Rashad Jennings carried the ball a career-high 34 times against the Texans, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to repeat that workload.

09/25/2014

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown with a dance against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ First Victory

Jennings responded with career highs of 34 carries and 176 yards, including a 1-yard TD run that made it 14-0 late in the first half.

09/22/2014

J.J. Watt (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images), Eli Manning  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images), Arian Foster (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Dottino’s Giants Preview: 3-Part Blueprint To Avoid 0-3 Start

It’s time for the Giants to look in the mirror and figure out how they need to play. Houston has been able to execute, while coach Tom Coughlin’s team has failed to do so.

09/19/2014

The Giants' Victor Cruz looks on prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. (credit: Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From Giants’ Brutal Loss To Cardinals

The fourth quarter contained the worst infractions: a punt return allowed for a TD, four dropped passes and two lost fumbles.

09/15/2014

Joseph Fauria #80 of the Detroit Lions gets dragged down by Walter Thurmond #24 and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 of the New York Giants during the third quarter at Ford Field on September 8, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups In Giants-Cardinals, Plus A Prediction

Only time will tell, but you would think it’s critical for the Giants — particularly the offense — to get off to a good start in their home opener on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

09/12/2014

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to throw a first-quarter pass against the Detroit Lions during a game at Ford Field on September 8, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Dottino: Game Balls And Gassers From The Giants’ Loss In Detroit

Maybe the Giants could have used more preseason reps. Then again, maybe those would not have been enough, either, given the poor matchup against the Lions.

09/09/2014

Reggie Bush fumbles against the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 22, 2013. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Dottino: 3 Key Matchups In Giants’ Opener Against Lions

If the Giants are going to run the ball, they’ll have to make sure to neutralize one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the league: Ndamukong Suh.

09/08/2014

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