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Five adjustments Giants must make

11/10/2006 - NFL New York Giants

The Giants are beat up heading into Sunday's key game against the Bears. Ron Jaworski breaks down five adjustments that the Giants need to make to overcome their injuries.

1. Get Tiki the ball: The Giants will have to run their offense through Tiki Barber. It's imperative that he gets at least 25 touches in this game for them to have any shot at winning.


2. Use Shockey: With Amani Toomer out and Plaxico Burress ailing, Jeremy Shockey has to become the focal point for Eli Manning. The Giants have to use him not only in the middle of the field, but also use him to attack the safeties deep when the Bears try to blitz.

3. Change the blocking scheme: The Giants must use the same man-to-man blocking scheme that the Dolphins used so well last week. The Dolphins did a great job breaking running back Ronnie Brown free utilizing a man-to-man blocking scheme and the Giants can do the same for Barber.

4. Pressure Rex Grossman: While pressuring Rex Grossman with blitzes, play man coverage on the outside with the receivers. Don't give Grossman a cushion to throw the ball or his receivers a cushion to catch the ball. Make Grossman have to make perfect throws while also throwing off his back foot. That will create turnovers for the Giants.

5. Find a way to work with a short field: This is a tough Bears defense and no team can expect to consistently work the ball downfield. The Giants must use turnovers and good special teams so that Manning has to go only 60 or 70 yards to score touchdowns.