New York Giants' Upcoming Schedule, Stats, and Analysis

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against Chris Harris #46 and Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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The Giants are in a three-way tie for first in the NFC East.  

Yet, at 2-2, they're the only team in the East that hasn't played a divisional opponent. In fact, they won't until Week 7 when they go to Dallas.  

However, they don't need to face a divisional opponent to show what needs to be addressed in order for them to make a playoff run.  

For example, we know now that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has yet to show that he is the saving grace for the defense, which gave up 410 yards against the Colts.  

Same goes for Keith Bulluck, who wasn't what the Giants expected even before he got hurt, recording only 11 tackles in three games.  

Still, the season is young, and against the Bears on Sunday, the defense under Fewell resembled the stingy unit the Giants used to have in 2007 and 2008. The G-Men recorded 10 sacks and held Chicago to 110 total yards last Sunday.  

There are other glimpses of hopes on the gridiron for the Giants, like Hakeem Nicks' four touchdowns in the first four games, or Ahmad Bradshaw's 382 rushing yards thus far.  

So, how does this all show how the Giants are going to do in their upcoming games?  

Their most challenging opponent within the next two weeks will be this Sunday's matchup against the Houston Texans.  

If the Giants can hit quarterback Matt Schaub half as many times as they hit Bears quarterbacks and hold Arian Foster to 75 yards, they'll be in good shape.  

What worried me about last Sunday's game was the Giants' initial inability to get into the end zone, even with a short field to work with time and time again.   

Only when the run game could establish a rhythm in the second half did the Giants guarantee a victory.

So, if the Giants can establish some sort of offensive rhythm early and put tabs on Foster, they can build on this momentum established in Chicago and use it Week 6 against Detroit.