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Basic instincts: Giants keep it simple to whip Redskins

A terrible performance two weeks ago against Seattle is a distant memory for the Giants, who went back to basics to defeat the Redskins, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: October 6, 2006
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Following a disastrous road trip to Seattle, the Giants, the team critics thought was in chaos, focused on the basics. Bye weeks allow coaches and players to focus and attempt to fix problems.

Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis threw out a lot of his exotic blitz packages and stayed in a relatively basic 4-3 against the Redskins on Sunday. Coach Tom Coughlin put together a 16-play opening script that had proper balance, emphasizing the run. What was needed ...

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