Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/5/12
Football season is officially (almost) underway!With the kickoff of the first game comes the kickoff of the first story-lines. Every team has them, and this year is no exception.The first story-line is the game itself - the first of 17 Thursday night games this season, all on NFL Network except this one. Only one problem - it isn’t being played on Thursday, because the President is giving a speech!Every group is going to cover the game as Eli Manning versus Tony Romo in a shootout, and a rematch of last year’s regular season finale, etc.But the real story in this game is the defenses and running games.These two teams are built to pass early and often, but their run games aren’t to be ignored. Since both teams have also built their defenses to slow down the passing game by putting the quarterback on the ground, the run game will shine. Look for a low-scoring slugfest full of punts and big gains by running backs.For the Giants, the game plan is to target Morris Claiborne early and oft...
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