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The Giants, like any other team, need to play solid defense if they have designs on making the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Last year, under DC Perry Fewell and his "bend but don't break" strategy, the Giants broke.

They allowed opponents to run wild over them to the tune of 135 yards per game on the ground, surrendering 400 points for the fifth time in franchise history and the third time during Fewell's seven-year tenure.

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If the Giants select an offensive lineman in the first round no Giant fan will be disappointed. Just about everyone who bleeds blue knows the line could use an infusion of new blood. Depending on which players trickle down to them, an offensive lineman just might be the pick.

But, with the NFL Draft just two weeks away, the Giants are still without solid answers at the safety position. Their roster still lists only two players as safeties - Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor - neither of whom has started an NFL game.

Both players were taken in the fifth round in the NFL Draft. Taylor, a 2013 pick, missed all of 2014 with a foot injury. Berhe, selected last season, served as mainly a special teams player.

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Just finished reading a column on the Giants' needs in the upcoming draft (Rotoworld, Mar 25). Our colleagues John Norris and Evan Silva not only go through the team's needs but who specifically the Giants might target.

The needs are no surprise: safety, offensive line and defensive end. The Giants are light at safety and have mildly addressed the other two positions in free agency.

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The Giants will try to rekindle their championship defensive mojo with the rehiring of Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator. Spags has a Super Bowl ring as the DC of the SB XLII championship club and has been traveling around the country the past six years or so learning new tactics from astute college and pro coaches, as well as taking his lumps as head coach with the Rams and DC of the Saints.

Spagnuolo is ready to press the reset button on that long odyssey of failures that nearly ruined his reputation, if not his career.

Spags will be afforded a better shot in 2015 that his predecessor, Perry Fewell, was in 2014. He will likely have a better compliment of players to work with when the team assembles this spring.

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The Giants' defense finished the 2014 season ranked 29th overall in the NFL. They were 18th vs the pass and 30th against the run.

They surrendered 400 points for only the fifth time in franchise history and finished 29th in the league in points allowed.

They have finished 27th or higher in that category three of the past four years under DC Perry Fewell.

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Overall Grade: B

It's hard to bash a defense after a game in which they only allowed 13 points, and only three in the second half. So, we'll go easy on them, even though the Redskins met them halfway with poor execution and lack of composure.

The Redskins actually led this game, 10-7, at the half and it could have been 17-7 had the RGIII TD run not been reversed. The reversal of the call was the correct one, negating the TD as Griffin did not possess the ball all the way to the ground in the end zone after lacking possession over the goal line, and the Giants dodged a huge bullet. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after the play by Washington moved the second half kickoff to the Washington 35. The Giants cashed in on an onside kick to open the half and never looked back.

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Overall: A

Playing against an offense that was missing it's starting offensive tackles and wide receivers has it's benefits. Throw in a rookie QB with a sprained shoulder and a struggling rushing game, and your defense better throw a shutout, or damn near one. The Giants took full advantage of the Titans, allowing no points. The closest Tennessee offense came to scoring was in the second quarter when they drove to the Giants' 24 on a 13-play drive that ended with PK Ryan Succop missing a 42-yard FG attempt.

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You can look at the stats all you want, it won't change the outcome. The Giants sacked Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles seven times and allowed an average of only four yards a play. The defense was on the field for only 25 minutes and only 13 of the Jaguars' 25 points. They played a winning game. Until the end.

After taking the lead 24-22 with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, they allowed one of the league's worst offenses to drive 55 yards on eleven plays to kick the game-winnng, 43-yard FG with 0:28 left on the clock. Not only did the Giants defense fail in the clutch again, the Jaguars committed two possibly drive-killing penalties that they were able to overcome to keep the drive alive. In addition, the Giants allowed Bortles, who runs about as well as my postman (who is 55 and a heavy smoker) to scramble for 68 yards on five attempts.

Disgraceful is what comes to mind. No way were they tired, having only played 25 minutes and 68 snaps. Just inept and disorganized. DC Perry Fewell is long past his shelf life here. The Giants played a laid-back style that bit them hard in this game. All of the Jaguars' top gains came on either 1st and 10 or 2nd and long. And, again, they gave and the Jags took.

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Overview: After last season, CEO John Mara said the team wasn't quite ready to be blown up. They made sweeping changes on offense and decided to augment the defense with upgrades to their back seven. Injuries robbed us from seeing what that defense could have done this year, so it's unfair to say they didn't try to make the necessary moves to better the team. That being said, the product on the field right now is not cutting the mustard. They should blow this up.

I understand they play with heart and effort and are probably overachieving even if they are one of the worst defenses statistically in the league. The way the Cowboys whisked through them to score the winning TD in the final minutes was perhaps one of the worst attempts to hold a lead I've seen in quite some time.

Overall Grade: D

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Overview: The Giants defense entered the game having surrendered?at least 423 yards in each of their previous four games. They held the 49ers to just 333 yards on Sunday and the 16 points they allowed were the fewest in a loss since?Oct. 16, 2005, when they lost in overtime to Dallas, 16-13.

San Francisco was able to run the ball on the Giants, but to the success that many had thought. They rushed on 37 of their 66 offensive plays for a total of 148 yards. ?RB Frank Gore had a 17-yarder and QB Colin Kaepernick ripped off a 16-yarder but the Giants held them to 4.0 YPC, a solid performance overall.

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Under normal circumstances, I would have given them an F, but they did play well in the first half and actually led this game at halftime. They played with spirit and they played with pride and heart. Their arms are just too short to box with God right now.

"Seattle RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 140 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the Seahawks? 38-17 victory over the Giants at CenturyLink Field on Sunday and QB Russell Wilson passed for 172 yards and added another 107 rushing yards and another TD. The Seahawks are the first team in NFL history to have a running back rush for at least four touchdowns and a quarterback with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game," NFL Media noted.

That's right, in NFL history. That's how bad the Giants' defense was yesterday. Here's more...

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Overall: The Giants were overmatched in this game from the outset. If not for the uncharacteristic and drastic change in the defensive game plan by DC Perry Fewell, they would have been blown out by halftime. Instead, the initiative to get pressure on Indy QB Andrew Luck worked, holding the Colts to 16 first half points. But after halftime, the wheels came flying off. ?Indianapolis scored 21 points to the Giants seven and by 4:31 of the third quarter, held a 37-10 insurmountable lead over the home team.

Fewell tried everything to stop Luck and his defensive front could not be blamed for a lack of effort. Giant defenders hit Luck a total of 11 times, sacking him once, and disrupted his rhythm all game. But against this great young player and his talented weapons, if just wasn't enough. They surrendered 40 points and the Colts could have scored a lot more. They took the fourth quarter off. ?On the injury front, they lost CB Prince Amukamara for the season with a torn bicep in the first half. It just doesn't end for this team.

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The Giants are hurting in the secondary right now with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) likely out for Monday'a game vs the powerful Colts.

"We are working him. It depends on how he feels," DC Perry Fewell told reporters Friday. "Sometimes he is really good, when I say good he has been good back to back practices so we will see tomorrow if he tightens up, stiffens up, what have you. That is how we kind of approach it ? it is a day-to-day kind of assessment with him."

Should Cromartie not be able to play, or is severely limited, the Giants will have to hope that Prince Amukamara, Zach Bowman and Jayron Hosley can keep up with the speedy and productive Colts wideouts. Their backup corners right now are Chandler Fenner and the newly-signed Mike Harris.

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Tom Coughlin once said, in order to stop the pass, you must address the run first. His logic ?comes from the belief that if your defense can dictate things along the line of scrimmage, you're halfway home.

It works most of the time. Last year, the Giants lined up against almost all of the NFL's top rushing offense and played stout to the point where they were able to win seven of their last ten games. This season, they have not been as effective vs the run and it has been costly.

In 2013, the Giants allowed 3.8 YPC and 108.9 YPG on the ground as opposed to 4.4 YPC and 122 YPG this season. They allowed just 12 rushing TDs in 2013. They have already given up eight this season.

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In a nutshell: MLB Jon Beason will likely opt to have surgery on his ailing foot and miss the rest of the season. The front seven has to step up and do a better job now that the secondary has taken on some losses due to injuries.

Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) in the game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat New York 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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Although, they were tied at the half and looking as if they were going to make a game of it, the Giants fell apart on defense for the second week in row.

The Cowboys big three of QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant are difficult to stop and practically impossible to completely contain. The Giants hung in for as long as they could, but they simply don't have the speed or depth on defense to go to-to-toe with Dallas. Right now, few teams do.

Overall grade: C

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Going into the season, the Giants were boasting they had one of the top secondaries in the league. The signing of free agent CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Trumaine McBride and Walter Thurmond to pair with CB Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley was geared to give them a formidable group.

Quintin Demps was brought in to add to the already strong safety group of Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle on the roster. They were set.

But things don't always work out they way they're planned. Hill got busted and suspended again, leading to his release. Hosley was suspended for violating the league's PED policy and suspended the first four games. Thurmond tore a pec muscle in Week 2 and was lost for the season. This week, McBride sustained a thumb injury, ending his season and DRC is dealing with multiple leg ailments that threaten to keep him out of this week's game in Dallas.

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Overall Grade: C

The objective going into this game was to keep the Eagles under their average of 31.2 points per game. Considering they did that, won the turnover battle (2-1), held the Eagles to just 4-13 in the red zone and kept Nick Foles to a 79.0 QBR, they should have been in this game, or even won it, had the offense not completely imploded.

In light of that, the negatives unfortunately outweighed the positives. The Giants sacked Foles just once and rarely hurried him. Philadelphia rushed for 203 yards on the ground, averaging 5.6 YPC.

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With the offense on the verge of coming together, the defense and special teams are coming under more scrutiny.

After getting torched in Week 1 by the Lions, the Giants' defense has stiffened up, allowing just 10 first half points the past two games. In the second half of those games, however, the defense looked tired, yielding big plays, keeping the opponent alive.

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The Giants' under Tom Coughlin has always been one predicated on getting after the passer. They won two Super Bowls by pressuring, harassing and battering Tom Brady, knocking him off his pins and throwing him off his game.

Those days are history. The Giants' pass rush is just a shell of what it was just a few years ago. Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck are all gone. The heir apparents, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka are both struggling to keep their NFL careers afloat and the Giants have wised-up by fortifying the back end of their defense to compensate.

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The Giants will be testing out their new offense this summer vs five opponents in preseason, but the one defense that will see it the most is their own.?DC Perry Fewell was asked his impression of new OC Ben McAdoo's strategy a few weeks ago at minicamp.

"We love it," said Fewell. "It?s definitely up-tempo. It?s multiple personnel groups and he tries to get the ball to all of the different weapons that he has an opportunity to get them to. It was always difficult to defend when we played against him and it?s still going to be difficult to defend, I think, once the players react and still think. So we?re very excited about it. We love it as a defensive staff."

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The NFL is a copycat league and the Giants have been on both sides of the equation when it comes to setting and following the league's latest trends.

This year, Big?Blue is on the following end. After watching how the Seattle Seahawks wagged the dog by featuring their defensive backs as a strength, the Giants went into overdrive in the draft and the free agent market to bolster their sagging cornerback unit.

They cut ties with Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster and brought in several veteran CBs via free agency (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and Zack Bowman), drafted Bennett Jackson out of Notre Dame and recommitted to Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride.

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Throughout their history, the Giants' championship formula consisted of a strong pass rush. Since they last appeared in the postseason in 2011 , winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Big Blue has had anything but a wrecking crew up front on defense. They have not gotten consistent pressure on the QB off the edge as they would have liked.

Jason Pierre-Paul, once a dominating force, has been felled by a bad back and shoulder. He's had a difficult time as has another former first-round pick, Mathias Kiwanuka. Both have posted lukewarm numbers the past two seasons.

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Giants GM Jerry Reese had an extensive to-do list this offseason and one of the areas he focused on was the defensive backfield. In free agency, he signed veteran CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman and up-and-coming slot corner Walter Thurmond III fresh off the Super Bowl-winning roster of the Seattle Seahawks.

Resse also re-signed CB Trumaine McBride and exercised Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option. In the draft, he added S Nat Berhe, CB Bennett Jackson and several others, most notably Michigan's Thomas Gordon, after the draft.

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As of May 18, here are the Giants' projected starters on defense...

Base Defense 4-3

RDE - Jason Pierre-Paul

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In a continuation of yesterday's article on the offense, we take a crack at the Giants' defensive depth chart. Keep in mind, free agency is still ongoing and the draft will certainly add a few more names to the list.

Defensive Tackle

Cullen Jenkins (starter), Markus Kuhn, Jonathan Hankins, Mike Patterson. Only four with the addition of Patterson this week.? Jenkins is still a top tackle, Patterson was a space-eater last year and the Giants are expecting positive things from Hankins and Kuhn. They will not deter them from adding another player or two before camp. One could certainly be Pitt's Aaron Donald, who the Giants would be fortunate to get their hands on in the draft.

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One of the priorities for the Giants this offseason should be to sign Jon Beason to a multi-year deal to anchor their resurgent defense. He wants to stay and the Giants want him back, so let's make it happen. Not so fast...

From Dan Graziano of ESPN:

"Beason made $3.25 million in 2013 and will justifiably believe he deserves a raise. The inside linebacker contracts at which he and his agent will look for comparisons are those of Detroit's Stephen Tulloch (five years, $25.5 million, $11.25 million guranteed) and Baltimore's Elvis Dumervil (five years, $26 million, $8.25 million guaranteed). Beason just turned 29 on Tuesday, so a long-term deal isn't a crazy idea for him to have. But given his injury history, it's going to be hard for the Giants to commit too much in terms of contract length or guaranteed money."
The Giants got a huge bang for their buck out of Beason, who only ended up costing them a seventh-round pick. Beason had 93 tackles and an INT in his 11 games here, sliding right into the middle of the Giants' defense and taking control from Day One. Prorate his stats and they factor out to a 135-tackle season.

But, as Dan wrote, the Giants may be reluctant to fork over a huge chunk of cash to a player with such a spotty injury past. To me, Beason showed no sign of someone who is coming off the dreaded Achilles tendon tear. He has all the attributes of a team leader and with the high level of play he exhibited in 2013, I don't see the Giants simply letting him go. They haven't had a LB with his talents in years.

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From Matthew Cohen / SNYGiants contributor:

It's tough to rate defenses. Points scored are influenced by a host of factors including opponent field position. Yards given up is influenced by the performance of the team's offense.

I've devised a measure that looks at average yards per play assuming that that 56.7% of plays run are passes (the league average). By this measure, the Giants have the seventh best defense in the league in 2013 so far.

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It has been a rollercoaster season for the New York Giants defense. From a time when they were the laughing stock of the league as they rattled off six straight losses to start the season, to the turnaround that kept them in contention in the NFC East.

With a struggling offense that has had a hard time putting points on the board, the Giants defense has been the deciding factor in a majority of games and as of late, they have been the only bright spot of the this New York Giants team, but?that brightness was dimmed and shut off completely yesterday.

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With JPP not practicing yesterday, and not scheduled to practice today, the writing is on the wall for him: He's probably going to miss Sunday's game in San Diego.

Tom Coughlin told reporters yesterday not to expect JPP "to do anything tomorrow."

JPP's absence will open the door for rookie Damontre Moore to get more playing time. Last week in Washington, Moore got in 17 defensive snaps while Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka were on the field the entire game.

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Do the Giants stop the run these days or what? Rex Ryan would love this defense because that is the most important thing in the world to him. But pleasing him is not a goal of Tom Coughlin. Winning football games is.

Over the past nine games, the Giants have been stingy against the run: 53.4 yards per game, 3.3 yards per carry and only three TDs. And they've done it against some of the top RBs in the league...

Week 4 - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City: 65 yards (3.6 avg) 0 TD

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It looked like the Giants were going to have one of those games. On their first drive of the game, the Washington Redskins picked apart the Giants defense, knocking more than 7 minutes off the clock and took an early 7-0 lead, with ease. By halftime, the score was tied at 14, but?Robert Griffin III had completed 16 of 17 passes in the first half and it looked like Big Blue's defense had finally given up on a season that is now purely based on pride.

Who knows what was said in visitor's locker room, but whatever it was, it worked. The Giants defense, led by veteran Justin Tuck who bowed inside FedEx Field?four times last night, took over in the second half and held Washington to just 96 yards in the remaining two quarters.

A clutch play by Will Hill to strip Pierre Garcon in the late minutes of the fourth quarter would seal a victory for the Giants, pushing?their record to 5-7, two games behind the division leaders Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, while eliminating the Redskins from any chance of playoff contention.

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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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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

In Week 12, the Giants (4-6) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) in a game that has huge implications for both squads.

The Cowboys won the Week 1 matchup 36-31 in Dallas, so the Giants would need this win to even the head-to-head matchups in case that factors into a playoff tiebreaker.

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Giants' MLB Jon Beason

Football is football. On of the primary goals is to get the guy with the ball. Jon Beason, the MLB the Giants acquired from the Carolina Panthers on Oct 4, is very good at getting the guy with the ball.

He is also a leader, vocal and otherwise. He gets the defense lined up and in position to make plays. He is physical as well as cerebral. The Giants got a real gift from old friend Dave Gettlemen, the former Giants' executive who is now the GM in Carolina.

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"I think what has to happen, for us, is we?ve got to do a better job in these one-on-one situations and also be alert there?s always a chipper around, particularly on the one side, but winning that one-on-one operation and, quite frankly, some of the max protections that we?re facing. Some of our pressure packages we?re not getting home with the kind of speed and timing that we need, so it?s a combination of things." - Tom Coughlin on fixing the pass rush.

The Giants have just five sacks in the first six games. The Giants. I recall Osi Umenyiora sacking Donovan McNabb six times in one game and the Giants taking Jay Cutler down nine times in one half.

What's happened to the pass rush? DE Justin Tuck tried to explain the frustration and the process his group is going through these days...

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It looked like the tape was on repeat for the New York Giants defense last night against the Chicago Bears. Going into halftime, the team had allowed 24 points, two touchdowns to Bears' WR Brandon Marshall and a last second field goal that pushed Chicago's lead to 24-14.

But after it was all said and done,?Big Blue?only allowed another three points in the second half and kept QB Jay Cutler and the potent Bears offense, relatively in check. While the defense was able to stop the bleeding, it didn't transfer over to the offense and the Giants would ultimately lose their sixth straight game this season and remain winless, with the final score tallying 27-21.

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It was all going according to plan... somewhat.

On a day when the Giants needed a win, their first win of the season, as bad as any team did, things were clicking.

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Coming into Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs had yet to turn the ball over. Three games, three wins and zero turnovers; for a reinvigorated and restructured?Kansas City team that has done a complete 180 degree turn from disastrous season just a year ago in which they finished 2-14.

The Giants were looking to bounce back from a 38-0 loss against the Carolina Panthers last week and?attempting to win their first game of the season?to?avoid starting?0-4 for the first time since 1987.

Three Kansas City turnovers, only one Eli Manning interception, 62 yards for Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and 164 yards, plus a little salsa dance for Giants WR Victor Cruz...all signs would point to Big Blue's first win of the season; but looks can be deceiving.

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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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Among the puzzling sidebars coming out of last Sunday's loss to Denver was why Aaron Ross, listed as the third CB on the depth chart, did not play a single snap on defense. Surely, they could have used his speed and aggressiveness.

He was asked today what he believes his role on the defense is these days.

"Like I said, I don?t know what the role is but I?m prepared for any time they call me," Ross said. "Prince went down in the Dallas game and they called my number and I was ready and prepared to go in and help the team try to make plays. If my number?s not called, I will be the supporting cast and if it?s called, I?ll be ready to go out there and ball."

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Two weeks into the regular season, the Giants have only recorded two quarterback sacks. Tom Coughlin was asked if the Giants' pass rush was where he'd like to be right now.

"No, of course not.? How could it be?" the coach quipped. "We didn?t sack the guy the other day.? We?re better than that.? When we do get there we have to get them in our grasp.? We had two or three times the other day where we had the quarterback in our grasp and didn?t quite get it done."

The reasons? Well, they're many. Osi Umenyiora, one of the franchise's top all-time pass rushers, took his skills to Atlanta. Jason Pierre-Paul (right) is still recovering from offseason back surgery. Justin Tuck is trying to rebound from back-to-back down seasons. Mathias Kiwanuka is still acclimating back to the DE rotation after serving several years as an OLB.

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The Giants defense made sure that Peyton Manning did not have another record setting week through the air and for much of the game, a victory was within reach. One thing the Giants could not do, was figure out the balancing act by the Denver Broncos offense.

During the much anticipated Manning Bowl III,?we saw the elder brother, Peyton, run his no-huddle offense to near perfection not only with the passing attack, but also on the ground. Peyton finished with 307 yards with two touchdowns, while Broncos' RB Knowshon Moreno carried the ball 13 times for 93 yards and reached the end zone twice.

More importantly, the Giants defensive line could not force any pressure on Manning and finished the game without a single sack. DE's Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were basically invisible on the field and behind Manning's quick offensive approach, the Giants defense was confused, leaving receivers wide open at times.?Too much time and too many options?allowed Manning to pick apart?Big Blue's defense.

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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' DC Perry Fewell is obviously not pleased with his unit's low ranking (31st overall) last season but he feels the team has made the changes to improve on that greatly this year.

Fewell attributes the turnaround to "bigger butts" on the line, the health of JPP and the emergence of Prince Amukamara. He spoke about the state of the defense with reporters yesterday...

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From Andy Furman of UltimateNYG:

The Giants released their 53 man roster. The cuts that got more attention for the GMen were David Carr and Marvin Austin.

Word from Mike Garafolo, via twitter, was that the Giants were trying to make a trade for Austin before they would cut him. Obviously no one was interested. When you have to cut your #2 pick from two years ago, it is never good. There is a lot of pride that goeth before the fall.

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Dan Stack, Contributor:

?Why doesn?t this team draft a linebacker??

That is a familiar refrain every Giants? fan says every April, when New York Giants? General Manager Jerry Reese often bypasses on drafting linebackers. Instead, Reese follows the mantra of picking the best player available.

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The Giants' defense is an open book right now. DC Perry Fewell was out on the patio at Quest yesterday telling reporters he's got competition at every position. Throw in players coming back from - and going down to - injuries and you're looking at an amorphous group of bodies attempting to converge to form a cohesive unit three weeks from opening day...

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Mark Herzich promises to be a force on the Giants defense this season (Getty Images).

Training camp is only a few days away and although Giant fans are stoked, I must ask this simple question: what did they do to get better on defense over the offseason?

To answer this, you must outline the areas that prevented them from succeeding in 2012.

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The debate and the competition at MLB has begun. The Giants are looking for leadership and production out of their middle linebacker spot this season. During their championship seasons they relied on the likes of gamers such as Antonio Pierce and Chase Blackburn.

This year, they will be relying on one of three players to wear the headset:

Mark Herzlich, whose well-documented battle back from cancer makes him a sentimental favorite.

Tags: mark herzlich, Mark Herzlich, New York Giants Defense
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