N.Y. Giants (5-3)
What they’ve done well: The Giants' offense is productive (N.Y. is fourth in net yards), which has been a nice boost after losing key players like Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Derrick Ward from last season's group. Eli Manning's young receivers have been a nice surprise, particularly Steve Smith, whose 53 receptions leads the league. Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham have emerged as guys capable of making big plays.
Needs improvement: Confidence is down after suffering three straight losses. The Giants were pushed around at New Orleans and Philadelphia, so there may be a crisis of confidence that coach Tom Coughlin has to address. The rush defense appears is on holiday (113.1 rushing yards allowed per game, 19th in the league) and despite having 18 sacks on the season, most came early when the Giants feasted on lesser opponents.
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