Scouting the Giants
1 Needing the bye » After losing two straight, including a 31-13 blowout loss to the Bengals, the Giants slumped into their bye week and had one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league. But the Giants bounced back with a dominant 38-10 victory over the Packers. Eli Manning, who went three weeks without throwing a touchdown, passed for 249 yards, three scores and no interceptions. Also looking refreshed was often-injured receiver Hakeem Nicks, who caught his first touchdown since Sept. 16.
2 Running out of options » Running back Ahmad Bradshaw rarely practices and is limited at times in games because of a nagging foot injury. His questionable health puts more emphasis on having a backup in place to carry the load at times. Throughout the season, Andre Brown has flourished in that role and has been a viable option near the goal line. In his one start, Brown rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Panthers. And as a backup to Bradshaw, he has scored a touchdown in five straight games. But Brown suffered a season-ending leg injury Sunday. Now the Giants will turn to rookie David Wilson, who has had fumbling issues, or newly acquired running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin.
3 Staying disciplined » The Giants have committed just 48 penalties this year, second fewest in the NFL, and have an NFC-best plus-13 turnover ratio. Good teams take care of the ball and don't make stupid penalties. While the Redskins have the fewest giveaways (10) in the NFC, no team has been penalized more than Washington. The Redskins have 402 more penalty yards than the Giants.
4 Back in line » After a slow start, the Giants are starting to pressure the quarterback like they did during their two Super Bowl runs. New York has had four sacks or more in three of its last four games. The Giants are tied for fifth in the NFL with 30 sacks, led by Jason Pierre-Paul's team-high 6.5. Last week, Osi Umenyiora had a strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers, something he has been accustomed to doing throughout his career. The Giants' offensive line also has been solid, allowing an NFL-low 14 sacks this season.