Scouting Report Week 8: Giants

What's going on with the Patriots' next opponent, the New York Giants? Here's a sneak peek from Giants camp.

Giants win again after a slow start

   Giants players always like to say that the season isn't a sprint; it's a marathon. So it's only natural to think that the same can probably be said about their approach to their games.

   For the fourth time this season, New York started out on shaky ground only to adjust and band together in their quest to stop the bleeding and top their opponent

   "As I told the team, that was the bad half and let's put that one behind us, let's do something about it," said head coach Tom Coughlin when asked what he said to his team at halftime when they were down 14-10. "We planned on kicking off and stopping them and they drove down the field but after that it was much better."

   "It wasn't like we were lethargic," added defensive end and co-captain Justin Tuck, who was back in the lineup after missing three games with neck and groin injuries. "I just felt that we weren't making the plays that Miami was giving us an opportunity to make.

   "Our offense did a great job of just continuing to fight and giving us that lead there in the fourth quarter. Finally we got some stops on their run game."

   With the Giants about to begin facing tougher opponents starting this coming weekend against New England, Coughlin would like to see his team distribute its fourth-quarter magic to the other three quarters.

   "We have to play better," he said. "We wanted to ascend and play better than we played two weeks ago today. We did that, parts of it perhaps, but certainly not the whole body of work."

Tuck sends kudos to offense

   --DE Justin Tuck, when asked about how much confidence he has in the offense when games come down to the fourth quarter: "We have the utmost confidence in Eli (Manning) and these guys. The offense -- they find a way to put us in a situation to win the ballgame at the end.

   "We put ourselves in some positions to maybe have more points, but I felt as though (the offense) did a good job of controlling the game all game even though we didn't score as much as maybe the stats say we should've. I felt as though our offense was in control pretty much the entire game."

   --The Giants converted eight of 16 third-down opportunities, a season-best 50 percent. Their previous best was 46 percent (six of 13) at Arizona. New York also had no turnovers for the second straight game, the first time that's happened since Sept. 20 and 27, 2009 in victories at Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Giants have won each of their last six games in which they did not commit an offensive turnover.

   --The Dolphins scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive possessions, the first Giants opponent to do that since Nov. 1, 2009, when Philadelphia's Leonard Weaver (41-yard run) and Brent Celek (17-yard pass from Donovan McNabb) scored for the Eagles.


   --WR Hakeem Nicks, who aggravated an existing hamstring injury, underwent a MRI on Monday morning, the results of which weren't immediately made known. Nicks, who aggravated his injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over Miami, was seen moving around the locker room gingerly. While he expressed optimism that the injury wasn't anything major, he also sounded unsure about whether he'd be ready to play on Sunday against New England.

   --C David Baas underwent tests Monday on his right knee, but declined to offer any insight regarding the results. He did say however, that he felt worse the day after the game than he did on Sunday. Meanwhile, head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that Baas didn't suffer any structural damage to his knee. While Baas, who was walking around the locker room with a noticeable limp and his knee wrapped, said he was optimistic about the fact that he was able to go back into the game after suffering the injury, his status for Sunday's game against the Patriots looks cloudy.

   --CB Justin Tryon suffered what head coach Tom Coughlin described as "a severely broken arm" in Sunday's game against Miami. Tryon, who played with the injury for 2.5 quarters in the Giants' 20-17 win over Miami, made a spectacular stop on Dolphins punt returner Reggie Bush on the final punt of the game, dropping Bush for a four-yard loss. Tryon underwent surgery on Monday to fix the injury and was placed on injured reserve.

   --RB Ahmad Bradshaw underwent additional tests to determine the extent of his foot soreness, which became more pronounced during Sunday's win over Miami. "He's sore," said head coach Tom Coughlin, declining to elaborate on the extent of Bradshaw's injury. "He's had this before and he's got it again." Bradshaw has had a history of stress fractures in his feet, but it was not clear if that's what Coughlin was referring to in his response to a question concerning the running back. Bradshaw has played through stress fractures in his feet before.

   --DE Justin Tuck said he came through his allotted snaps well in his first game action back from neck and groin injuries that kept him out of the last three games. Tuck, who admitted that he was "very sore" Monday, said that he didn't experience any setbacks. Tuck, who thought at one point that he wouldn't make it through the game, said that "the energy from the crowd in the fourth quarter" helped him make it through the pain.

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