Secondary sets sights on better showing

October, 24, 2012
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The last time the Giants faced the Cowboys, some kid from Queens named Kevin Ogletree became a household name for a few hours.

Back in Week 1, Ogletree lit up the Giants' secondary for eight catches and 114 yards. He scored two key touchdowns in Dallas' 24-17 win.

[+] EnlargeAntrel Rolle tackles Kevin Ogletree.
Ric Tapia/Icon SMIAntrel Rolle and the Giants don't want Kevin Ogletree to repeat his Week 1 heroics.
More than anything, Ogletree's big night highlighted significant holes in the Giants' secondary. Tony Romo had plenty of open targets that night at the New Meadowlands, hitting on 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

"No explanations," Antrel Rolle said after that game. "We just have to get better."

And they have, to a certain degree.

After giving up large chunks of yardage to Dallas, Tampa and Cleveland, the Giants' secondary has tightened up a bit in recent weeks.

They gave up 258 passing yards in their win over Washington and had two picks, but Robert Griffin III hit on 20 of 28 passes. The front seven, though, sacked Griffin three times, an indication that the back end was doing its job.

The week before against San Francisco, the Giants held Alex Smith to 200 yards passing and Rolle picked him off twice. The Giants also sacked him six times.

"I think we've made strides," Rolle said of the secondary. "With the number of injuries that we've had -- someone's been down every week -- we're trying to continue to get better with our conversations and communication, just our overall chemistry."

The numbers still aren't pretty, but Rolle's right. Strides are being made.

The Giants rank 21st in passing yards allowed per game (253). (The Redskins, by the way, rank last in the league with 328 yards allowed per game.) Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's crew also ranks 22nd in completion percentage allowed (63.6).

"We have work to do," head coach Tom Coughlin said.

That work starts again on Sunday in Dallas. Wonder if anyone will be talking about Kevin Ogletree after the game?

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