How you feeling? Giants-Patriots

November, 6, 2011
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As you get ready for Sunday afternoon's game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, here's one reason for New York Giants fans to feel good and one reason for concern:

Feeling good: The Giants are healthy on defense, with pass-rushers Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul all apparently ready to go. That's critical, because a key element of their defensive game plan is their ability to pressure Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with their front four. They'll need to keep their linebackers and defensive backs in coverage in case Brady does find enough time to throw, and with the weapons New England has at tight end and wide receiver, they can't be committing extra rushers except on very rare occasions. That's why it's nice that this will be one of the few times so far this year that all of their great defensive ends will be healthy and playing in the same game.

Cause for concern: The Giants are most certainly not healthy on offense, where their starting center (David Baas) and their leaders in rush yardage (Ahmad Bradshaw) and receiving yardage (Hakeem Nicks) are out with injuries. They will have to find ways to extend drives with a run game now led by Brandon Jacobs and short, high-percentage Eli Manning passes to Victor Cruz, Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard if they want to keep Brady and the potent New England offense off the field.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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