Assuming the Giants retain Brandon Jacobs, and with the lockout they probably will, they need to get back to the power running attack that worked so well in the 2007 season.
Eli Manning has seen a boost in both yards and touchdowns the past two seasons and played some of his best football, but the team is at its best when they run the ball, use clock and methodically move down the field.
The best defense is a well-rested one, and the main way to ensure that the defense is well-rested is to keep them off the field.
Especially with the explosive offenses of the Eagles and Cowboys in their own division, they would do well to keep the ball out of Michael Vick's and Tony Romo's hands.
Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are one of the best one-two punches in the NFL at the running back position; Tom Coughlin even admitted after the season that he wished they got the ball to Jacobs more often.
This is because Jacobs wears down the defense early on, so by the time the fourth quarter rolls around, the Giants can impose their will.
This is how it worked in the 2008 season when they finished 12-4 and No. 1 in the NFC. Perhaps they need to find someone to come in and be the "Wind" of the famous "Earth, Wind and Fire" running back trio of Bradshaw, Jacobs and Derrick Ward.
They actually ran the ball very well with just Jacobs and Bradshaw this season, but they didn't sustain it all season long. It took them a while to get going and often disappeared in games, especially in the first game against the Eagles.
A lot of that had to do with the offensive line always in flux with injuries, so that goes back to slide one. It also brings me to the next and final slide.