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Giants Keys to Victory vs. Eagles

1. Stop the run. The Giants have not allowed a defensive touchdown in six straight quarters, and a major reason has been their job against a string of premier running backs. By limiting another in Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy, the Giants can make the Eagles one-dimensional.

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2. Gap control. The caveat to the improved run defense has been the yards given up to opposing quarterbacks on the ground as well as the screen passes to running backs. Michael Vick hurt them with his legs in their first meeting before suffering the hamstring injury. Discipline is key.

3. Tighten up special teams.  In addition to giving up their third punt return for a touchdown last week, the Giants also allowed a 69-yard kickoff return and Rueben Randle also had a special teams fumble. All three phases need to play together.


4. Win the turnover battle. The Giants' first win of the season came with their first favorable turnover differential. No coincidence there.

5. Buckle down in the red zone. There is a reason the Eagles rank third in net yards per game and just 13th in scoring. It's their offense in the red zone, where they rank 30th in touchdown efficiency. Limit the damage there.

6. Dominate the line of scrimmage.The Giants controlled the clock last week with long, sustained drives. That comes from winning the line of scrimmage, which will keep the Eagles' offensive playmakers off the field.

7. Gang tackle.The Giants need all 11 men to the ball. The Eagles have an array of players that can turn a small play into a big one.


  1. Spread the ball around. Wide receiver **Victor Cruz has posted big numbers against the Eagles in the past and will be a major focus of the defense again. That will open up opportunities for other players on offense. Spread it around and keep them honest. 

9. Protect Eli.The offensive line has been improving week by week, and the addition of big hitters like John Conner and Peyton Hillis in the backfield has definitely helped.

10. Convert on third down and score first. Third down has been an adventure for the Giants' offense this season, but they found the remedy last week when they opened up with a 17-play scoring drive that ate up nine minutes of the clock. Keep the chains moving and keep the winning attitude.
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