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The enormity of the Giants' defensive collapse against San Diego last Sunday night is going to result in at least one lineup change, and maybe more.

What is almost certain, though as yet unannounced by coach Tom Coughlin, is that Carlos Emmons will move back to strongside linebacker from the weak side, Nick Greisen will move in at weakside LB and second-year man Reggie Torbor will move to the bench.

Thus the only one of the three linebackers not affected will be Antonio Pierce in the middle.

"All year we have demonstrated an ability to come back from a bad series and not to have two in a row," said Coughlin. "But Sunday night we didn't do that. We were missing tackles and assignments, they (the Chargers) were running at us from all different angles and, while I agree that (LaDanian) Tomlinson is probably the best running back in the league, it should not have been that bad."

So Torbor, with the least experience (this was his first starting job, and it lasted all of two games) will go to the bench.

"If you take a loss like that back on the field with you," said Emmons, "you can get caught up in the problem and lose again. In the NFL, every now and then, you get a game like that when no matter what you do, you can't stop it."

The Giants certainly had one of those. And now, when they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, they are not going to fear Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson as much as they did Tomlinson.


--In addition to the all-but-official switch of Nick Greisen for Reggie Torbor, it is possible that Curtis Deloatch will play at RCB for Will Peterson. Two reasons there - Peterson is nursing a sore back and he didn't play well last week anyway. Peterson is in jeopardy of missing the remainder of the season.

--TE Visanthe Shiancoe, the backup to Jeremy Shockey, has caught only one pass for 5 yards this season, but earned praise from the coaching staff for his improved blocking and special teams skills. There is a strong chance that he will start to become more involved in the offense as well, according to reports.

--RG Chris Snee has quietly become a much better blocker than he was last year as a rookie, and it appears that RB Tiki Barber, when he runs those plays that allow him to pick his hole, tends to pick Snee's.

--DE Osi Umenyiora is finally vindicating general manager Ernie Accorsi, who spent a second round draft pick on him in 2003 despite his lack of experience at an obscure school, Troy (Ala.) University. Umenyiora stars at RDE and had seven tackles and a fumble recovery against San Diego.

--LT Luke Petitgout will have his hands full against St. Louis, not only because he draws RDE Anthony Hargrove, a much improved player, but because in sure passing situations he has to find a way to deal with Brandon Green. Hargrove is in his second year, Green in his third.

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