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  1. Depth at cornerback.  **


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The secondary, primarily the cornerback corps, took another hit on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts when Prince Amukamara suffered a torn biceps in the second quarter of the loss at home. Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed the next day that the injury would end his fourth-year cornerback's breakout season, which had him tied with safety Antrel Rolle for fifth in the NFL with three interceptions.

Amukamara will land on the injured reserve list next to fellow corners Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride. After bolstering the position last week with the signing of cornerback Mike Harris, Coughlin said they'll "probably have to do the same thing again" and bring in another player in the wake of Amukamara's injury.

2. The Giants await word on LG Weston Richburg.

The secondary wasn't the only unit to sustain an injury to a starting player against the Colts. Richburg, a rookie second-round draft choice, left Monday night's game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return to an offensive line that has started the same five players in every game this season. Coughlin said that Richburg would undergo all of the appropriate medical tests on Tuesday and await further information. Meanwhile, Coughlin was also asked about the plan to bring along guard Geoff Schwartz, who has yet to play this season due to a dislocated toe.

"Try to practice him more," Coughlin responded. "Try to get him on the field practicing more. Lengthen out his workload."

3. The emergence of DE Robert Ayers.

As the Giants ramped up their defensive line rotation against Indianapolis, Ayers had one of the most productive games of his first year with the Giants, accounting for seven of the defense's 11 quarterback hits on Andrew Luck and the team's lone sack. Ayers is currently second on the team with three sacks this season behind fellow defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

"He played very well, Coughlin said of Ayers. "And I was very pleased with his effort."

4. Can the offense get back on track?

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The Giants' three-game winning streak is a distant memory for an offense that is scoring just 15 points per game over the last three weeks, which includes one shutout. From dropped passes to inconsistent blocking and playing without starting running back Rashad Jennings -- whom the Giants will look to get back in the near future after he suffered a knee injury in Week 5 -- the offense needs to find its rhythm again in the second half of the season. "We've got to find a way to move the ball more efficiently as an offense," quarterback Eli Manning said after the Colts game.

"I've got to play better, I've got to hit my targets and have a great control of the offense with protections and getting into better plays and doing some things. All around, we've got some moving parts and some different guys playing, it's my job to play better and to raise my level of play and raise their level of play."

5. Going into the home of the 12th Man.

The Giants have to quickly forget Monday night because they turn around on a short week and travel to Seattle to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Including the postseason, Seattle has won 19 of its last 21 games at CenturyLink Field.

The good news, though, is that the Giants won, 41-7, in their last trip to Seattle in 2010. However, Big Blue has dropped the last two meetings with the Seahawks, including a 23-0 defeat last season.

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