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A Look Ahead: 49ers @ Giants

Dan BentonCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2008

Going into Week Six, many considered the New York Giants to be the best team in the NFL. They had the top-rated offense, a Top Three rated defense and they looked unstoppable. But following a 35-14 defeat, courtesy of the Cleveland Browns, Big Blue suddenly finds themselves in an old, familiar position.

No longer are they considered the cream of the crop. Instead, they're considered overrated and one of the inferior NFC East teams.

So, how will New York react to defeat? And how will they react to criticism? The San Francisco 49ers will be the first team to find out.

1) GIANTS ON OFFENSE

After watching Eli Manning struggle this past Monday, everyone wants him to come out firing. People will assume, as they've done for years, that he'll need some sort of confidence booster.

Well, he won't.

Manning understands that everyone has a poor game now and then, and he's already moved on. And like the Giants coaches, he'll be looking ahead to Sunday and aiming to get this team back on track.

One way New York will get back into the win column is by continuing to use what has been an absolutely dominant run game. And against a team that struggles against the run (124.2 yards per game), Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw should all look to have big games.

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