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Patriots vs. Giants: 4 Halftime Adjustments for the Giants to Win

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 06:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants reacts to a play during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Aron GlatzerAnalyst INovember 6, 2011

In a game between the current NFC East and AFC East division leaders, the New York Giants (5-2) are looking to make a statement against the New England Patriots (5-2) in Week 9 NFL action.

Both teams opened on the conservative side, and the Giants will need to open things up to win. Here is what the team needs to accomplish in the second half to earn the victory.

5. Have Eli Manning throw downfield more. The Patriots' pass defense ranks dead last in the NFL in yards per game, entering the game allowing an astounding 323 passing yards per game.

4. Win the special teams battle. With both teams combining for 10 first-half punts, whichever team owns this area of play will have a healthy advantage in the second half. Strong punt coverage will be essential to winning the field position game.

3. Continue to focus on slowing New England's passing game. The Giants have done a nice job keeping New England's ground game in check without stacking the box. The team will need to continue doing so, focusing on blanketing New England's receivers, and get enough of a push up front to keep Brady from getting too comfortable out there.

2. Help the defense out. The Giants' defense has done a great job containing the No. 6 scoring offense in the NFL. To work that hard, yet be tied at the half, is extremely frustrating for the defensive unit. Giving the D some added confidence in terms of scoring will be big.

1. Change the channel. That's it, after that missed field goal, my new advice is to watch a different game taking place.

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