...But Stay Patient Too
Even though it's tough to do, the Giants have to learn to be happy with three-yard gains. Don't let the Ravens turn you into a one-dimensional offense, which they're so good at doing. The run won't be there in the beginning, but don't leave it entirely. You have to believe in it. Against Baltimore there's a big difference between third-and-four and third-and-two, so if you do have a third-and-short, you have to convert it. Don't be stubborn and try to run for it every time. Instead, have multiple short-yardage sets and mix things up. Don't let them key on anything, because if you do, you're done for.
Their front seven is tough—Adams and Siragusa are two loads, Rob Burnett and Lewis have had great years, and Michael McCrary and Jamie Sharper play full-tilt all the time—but I think the one guy who might be a weak link is end Peter Boulware. If you run at him as much as you can and knock him around, he's the one guy who might be a baby.
Tiki Barber is quick, but I don't think he has the speed to cause Baltimore problems with the run. Plus, he has that bad left arm, and I'm sure the Ravens will be all over that. New York's best chance of using Barber is to try to create situations in which Lewis is covering him. Ray usually doesn't cover anybody. He just drops back and lets people catch the ball in front of him before making the tackle.
Throw Underneath With Caution
You have to be careful throwing the short crossing route. If you hang a pass or hesitate, it's going to get tipped, or the Ravens are going to nail you and knock the ball loose. In addition, you have to drill it in there with the short stuff because they're so quick to the ball. They're tough against the run, but they have become more aggressive against the pass. They used to sit back and wait. Now they come after people and blitz a lot more.