- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants forced no turnovers and recorded just two sacks in their 19-17 loss to the Eagles last Sunday night.
They likely can't afford their totals in those categories to be that low this Sunday -- even against the 0-4 Browns.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and coach Tom Coughlin must figure out how to make life miserable for Cleveland's rookie quarterback, Brandon Weeden. And they won't have rock-solid safety Kenny Phillips (knee) on the field.
"Containment has been an issue for us," frustrated defensive end Justin Tuck said earlier this week. "There's just certain things you can't do with the guys like (Michael) Vick and Cam Newton when you don't have Trel (Antrel Rolle) or you don't have KP (Phillips) back there.'"
Regardless, the Giants' defense needs to play with a chip on its shoulder and step up. Phillips won't be in the lineup, but reserve Stevie Brown played well in his absence in Philadelphia.
"To be put in that position and that type of situation, he really didn't have any major errors. He came in and he tackled well," Fewell said of Brown. "Obviously, we would've loved to have Kenny in there because we have some things that we like to do with Kenny specifically. (But) it wasn't that much of an alteration."
In his first four games, Weeden, 28, has thrown seven interceptions. The Giants must find a way -- whether it be with exotic blitzes, stunts or multiple coverages -- to force Weeden to make mistakes. And the Giants must capitalize off of them.
"You know, anytime that you've had success and you haven't been able to build on that success early in the season, you're going to be frustrated somewhat," Fewell said. "When teams counter and do something to take you out of your game, you're going to be a little frustrated, but it's a long season.
"The thing we have to make sure is that we play within the framework of our defense, we play within the framework of the team. We're not selfish, we go out and play how we're supposed to play. When you whip somebody, you have to whip them and make a play. Again, we're going into the fifth game of the season. Those things will come, I'm very confident about that."
There's no reason Fewell shouldn't be. Still, this game is essentially a must-win for the 2-2 Giants. And with a brutal schedule on the horizon, their defense has to rise to the occasion and figure out how to make life miserable for Weeden on Sunday.