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Here?s a good strategy for an offense: Actually get the ball into your opponent?s territory.

The Giants did not accomplish that feat until the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter in Sunday?s loss to the Seahawks, so it?s up to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to figure out how to move the ball.

Of course, five more interceptions from Eli Manning didn?t help, but it wasn?t all his fault.

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Even though the season is over for the Giants, the game must still be played, and this week, Big Blue will look to play spoiler as they face the Detroit Lions who are still battling for the top spot in the NFC North.

With an offense that includes the combination of Matthew Stafford, superstar Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, the Giants defense is going to have to prepared to avoid another blowout. It might not be so much about the preparation for Detroit's high-powered offense?that has?talent at every offensive position, but the effort that the defense puts in, knowing that they are playing for nothing other than attempting to salvage what is left of the team's reputation.

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The season might be long over for the Giants, but the Seattle Seahawks, who enter MetLife Stadium on Sunday, hope to make a second trip in February with much more at stake.?Seattle has dominated for a majority of the season and holds the best record in the NFL at a solid 11-2.

With outcomes in their favor this week, the Seahawks will make themselves comfortable at home during the NFC playoffs, where they have been unbeatable, winning 15 games in a row inside of CenturyLink Stadium.

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It has been a long, and frustrating season for the New York Giants offense. From the inability to run the ball for a majority of the year, to Eli Manning and the receiving core failing to find any sort of chemistry to generate points.

If there has been just one positive this season, it's?been worth every penny; and that is the play of Victor Cruz, who signed a five-year contract extension worth more than $43 million in July and may be worth way more than that after the struggles of the Giants offense came full-circle.

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San Diego is a city known for its military base, and according to Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the Chargers? defense mimics the area?s troops with its ?camouflaged? schemes.

Gilbride said the Chargers? defense does a terrific job of disguising its formations.

?More than anything, they?re a pressure-oriented team that would like to do anything they can to keep you off balance,? he said.??They probably have as wide an array of blitz packages of anybody that we?ve faced.?I think they?re getting some players back that were injured that will help them.?

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There is no question to the Giants coaches, training staff, and fans, that Jon Beason has been one of the shining spots of this defense in a season that seemed doomed from the start.

Acquired from the Carolina Panthers in the middle of the season, many believed that Beason would be a non-factor in the defensive scheme, but the 28-year-old has proved to be more than just a small piece to a larger puzzle.

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We already know that Jason Pierre-Paul, Trumaine McBride and Corey Webster have been ruled out for Sunday?s contest in Washington against the Redskins.

So it?s up to defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to optimize the pieces he does have healthy in order to contain Robert Griffin III and the Redskins? offense.

RG III has been hampered himself by injuries all season, but Fewell still considers him the same dynamic player that he showed he can be last season.

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Sure we can look at the Victor Cruz fumble that was returned for a touchdown or the three third-down conversions by Tony Romo on that final drive as the main reasons the Giants lost last weekend.

But really, settling for field goals in two early red zone opportunities ultimately resulted in Big Blue leaving points on the board, which in turn wound up being huge in the loss.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride came under some heat for his play-calling within the 10-yard-line.

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For the first time in five weeks, the Giants defense will be matched up against a veteran quarterback with several offensive weapons at his disposal. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell understands that Big Blue has had a favorable schedule over the past couple of games, with a slew of backups and rookies taking snaps, but this week against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, the defense will have to be prepared.

One thing that Fewell emphasized strongly to the media on Thursday was the need for the Giants defense to not get too excited against their NFC East rival. While many are calling this the Giants Super Bowl, as they sit just two games back in the division and will tie Dallas in the standings with a win on Sunday, Fewell needs his unit to keep their cool.

"I thought the preparation yesterday was very focused.? There was some learning going on today and I could tell our guys are pumped about playing this football game, we just can?t get overexcited," said Fewell. "We just have to stay within ourselves. ?I think we?re focusing much better. I think the purpose of us going out and because we?re behind in this race, we?re going out with that purpose of winning a football game, no matter what."

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This weekend is the Giants? Super Bowl, and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday to discuss this all important matchup.

Big Blue?s offense has shown some decent signs of life the past few weeks, but the unit still has not hit its stride.

In the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all racked up 100-plus yards receiving, so Eli Manning is hoping he can spread the ball around on the Cowboys? depleted secondary.

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For the first time in a while, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was not shy when talking about the play of his defensive unit. Throughout the Giants rough start to the season, where they lost six straight, the defense was mediocre at best. But since Big Blue has won three-in-a-row and found a way to get back into the chase in the NFC East, much of the momentum has been generated by the defense.

While the Giants run defense has been one of the best, ranking 11th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed on the ground, their secondary is finally starting to come around and make big plays down the field. Fewell believes that both the run and pass defense have found a way to work together.

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All the focus this week in the Giants-Packers game has been on the fact that the Giants? defense will not have to face Aaron Rodgers ? arguably the best player at his position in the game.

But that doesn?t mean that the offense can take a back seat and simply rely on the defense to get stops. The defense has been great in the Giants? three-game winning streak, but now it?s time for the offense to do its share.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media on Thursday to discuss the state of his offense. Of course, he was very pleased with Andre Brown?s performance against the Raiders.

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It would be unimaginable to think that after starting the season with six straight losses, the Giants would be playing meaningful games in the second half of the season. But?so is the case; riding a two game winning streak and coming off of a bye, Big Blue will have a tough test on Sunday as they host the Oakland Raiders, sitting just two games out of first place in the NFC East.

The Giants received even more help last night as the Washington Redskins couldn't seal up a victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

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The Giants will have a logjam in the backfield Sunday when the team hosts the Oakland Raiders, but that could wind up being a good thing.

Andre Brown is set to make his return coming off a broken left leg, and the timing is great, since David Wilson has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said that Brown might not be physically capable of shouldering the entire load at this point, but even so, he?s expecting Brown to contribute in any way possible, especially as a pass blocker.

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A different week, but the same questions.

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell was not shy when talking the media about the importance of the Giants defensive line this week against the fast paced offense of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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It took seven games, but the Giants have finally found their first win of the season last night against the Minnesota Vikings. While the offense did not play exceptionally well, it was the play of Big Blue's defense that secured a much needed victory that has fans everywhere, breathing a sigh of relief.

Yes, they did just beat the lowly Minnesota Vikings, who started QB Josh Freeman for the first time since acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the Giants defense, has to be commended for their victory.

Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson was held to just 28 yards on 13 carries and was bottled up on each carry. With the score close for much of the game, the Giants packed the box in an effort to make sure that AP did not break out for a game-changing run, something that he has commonly done over his stellar seven year career in the NFL.

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It's a short week for the Giants as they hope to stop their season from freefalling completely out of control tomorrow night when they take on the Chicago Bears in hopes of finding their first win in what seems to be the longest NFL season of all time.

The Bears have lost two straight games after starting the season 3-0,?but have a formidable offense with QB Jay Cutler, who is having a steady year,?along with weapons such as RB Matt Fore, WR Brandon Marshall, and former Giants TE Martellus Bennett.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he has not been disappointed with the effort his unit has shown through the five games.

The problem is that the Giants have lost all five of those games.

With the Giants taking on the Chicago Bears Thursday night, things do not get any easier, especially against a defensive unit known for getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and creating turnovers.

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been studying the offense of the Eagles for a while now. Not just the days leading up to the game when most teams study film, but Fewell told the media he?has been preparing his defense for?Philadelphia?head coach Chip Kelly,?"when the Eagles hired him" in the offseason.

Kelly, the former Oregon Ducks?head coach, has incorporated his college-style offense, which relies heavily on the read-option and a fast-paced attack, into the Eagles playbook, but so far he has not had much success; and the Giants hope they can keep the trend going.

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Quarterback pressure has been a staple?of the New York Giants for decades. A team that has been known for?its gritty defense by getting in the face of their opponent, has been anything but?that over the past three weeks, a span in which Big Blue has lost three straight games to start the season.

Three games, three losses and just three sacks on the season; an alarming statistic that has the Giants tied for last in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers (another 0-3 team).

Coming into this week against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, the Giants are going to have to?put pressure on Chiefs QB Alex Smith if they have any hope of forcing a mistake, something Smith has yet to do this season. Through three games, Smith, who was?acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason,?has thrown for 669 yards without an interception.

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Not much can be said about the offensive production of the Giants on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The scoreboard spoke for itself yesterday, embarrassed and off to their first 0-3 start since 1996; the Giants were routed by the Panthers by a final score 38-0.

The offense was non-existent throughout the entire game and more importantly, the offensive line left Eli Manning out to dry, as the Carolina defense was able to take Manning down seven times. LT Will Beatty was beat numerous times on the line, and gave up two sacks to Panthers DE Greg Hardy in the first two series.

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Coming off of a?record-tying performance where he threw seven touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions, the Giants hope they are able to contain QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense, in the third edition of the Manning Bowl.

One thing the Giants and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell?are doing to prepare, as they welcome?the Broncos and Eli's older brother?to MetLife Stadium for Big Blue's home opener, is study the team's past matchup?with P. Manning in 2010?when he suited up for the Indianapolis Colts.

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday, and of course the focus was on the Ravens? defense.

Baltimore?s defensive unit is normally one of the best in the game, but it has been plagued this season by injuries. Still, the Ravens? defense ranks second in the NFL in limiting touchdowns in the red zone ? something the Giants? offense has struggled with all season.

?You see size up front; they?re very powerful, big, difficult to move and displace, so it?s hard to get a consistent running game,? Gilbride said. ?Of course, they had some injuries with their linebackers, so I?m sure they?re feeling inconsistent. But we see the ability level.?

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Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride met the media Thursday, and of course, one of the main topics of discussion was Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw?s sprained knee may keep him out of Sunday?s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. That just means that the next guy in line ? in this case David Wilson ? will have to come up big if Bradshaw is out.

?We?ve had guys who have always stepped up and recognized the absence of one player is going to require someone else to elevate their game, whether it?s performance on the field or emotional,? Gilbride said. ?His (Bradshaw) toughness with everybody is always appreciated and that enthusiasm he brings. So you lose that.?

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been an NFL coach for nearly 24 years. During the majority of that span, the late Jim Johnson, renowned for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, served as the epitome of defensive coordinators in the league.

One of Johnson?s disciples, former Giants? defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints ? the Giants opponent this weekend.

Gilbride said that he's seen this type of defense at least twice a year during his coaching tenure.

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Kevin Gilbride met the media Friday to discuss the offensive game plan ? mainly focusing on the rushing game ? heading into Monday night?s primetime contest with the division rival Washington Redskins.

The big news all week has been that rookie running back David Wilson will likely see more action in lieu of Andre Brown?s season-ending broken fibula. Gilbride said Wilson is working hard, and he?s encouraged with the rookie?s progress.

?I think he?s making fewer mistakes, and I think you see a little bit of it, an incremental growth,? Gilbride said. ?It?s never as fast as a coach would want, but it is definitely happening.?

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It?s been a while since the Giants struggles offensively, so offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride tried to explain to the media what has been going on the past few weeks.

The offense appeared out of sync both weeks, but it has been working hard this week to improve against the Bengals.

?It wasn?t something we expected to happen,? Gilbride said. ?We certainly appreciate the ability level of the two defenses we?ve played, but we thought, and expected, to perform a lot better than we did.?

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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride had all positive things to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers? defense when he met the media on Thursday.

Gilbride is familiar with the Steelers? defense from his days as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers in the early 1990s.

?It?s a well-designed scheme,? Gilbride said. ?They do a great job with seeing how you?re protecting, and then they attack very intelligently. But then they mix it up. They have a very good complimentary package.?

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