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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 27: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 27, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

New York Giants: 5 Players That Need To Improve In Second Half Of Season

The New York Football Giants had their worst start since 1976, and the team did not get its first win until Week 7 of the regular season. After beating the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the G-men went down to Philadelphia and defeated the Eagles 15-7 to complete their first half at 2-6. With eight games remaining, including three with division rivals, Dallas and Washington, New York still has eyes on a division title. Here are five players who will need to be productive in order for the Giants to compete.

11/04/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants cannot control the ball as cornerback Josh Robinson #21 of the Minnesota Vikings defends during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

First Half Studs & Duds For The New York Giants

The New York Giants have gotten off to their worst since 1976, yet at 2-6, the team does still have its sights set on an NFC East title. But in order to have a second half turnaround, some players will have to raise their performance, and others will have to maintain their first half pace.

11/01/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Running back Michael Cox #29 of the New York Giants avoids a tackle by cornerback Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Giants Contain Peterson, Top Vikings 23-7 For First Win

Josh Freeman’s debut as a Viking was the boost that the New York Football Giants needed as the G-men snapped their six game losing streak with a 23-7 victory over Minnesota. New York’s initial victory of the 2013 campaign was not a thing of beauty, but the Giants were able to hold Adrian Peterson to a mere 28 yards rushing, requiring Freeman to raise the level of his play to a level that the league had not seen in several years. Freeman was not able to come through; completing only 38 percent of his passes on the evening.

10/22/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Prince Amukamara #20 of the New York Giants defends at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 36-21. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Philly Backup Nick Foles Leads Eagles Past Winless Giants 36-21

Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles tossed two fourth quarter touchdown passes, as Philadelphia rallied to hand the New York Giants their fifth straight defeat to start the season. With the win, Philadelphia climbed into a first place tie with the Dallas Cowboys, who lost at home to the Denver Broncos. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are 2-3 on the season.

10/07/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Linebacker Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the second half on September 29, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs Rout Hapless New York Giants 31-7

The New York Giants came into Sunday’s away contest against the Kansas City Chief winless at 0-3 and just off the worst loss in head coach Tom Coughlin’s tenure at the helm. Last week’s 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers continued a downward spiral that has seen poor pass protection, turnovers and lack of a running game. Meanwhile, through three games the Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL with a (+13) turnover margin. KC linebacker Justin Houston lead the NFL with 7.5 sacks, so the matchups were potentially disastrous for New York. The Giants hung around early but turnovers and special teams ineffectiveness doomed New York as the Chiefs pulled away late for a 31-7 victory.

09/30/2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sean Smith #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks up a pass intended for Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles on September 19, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

New York Giants At Kansas City Chiefs: Two Teams Going In Opposite Directions

The Kansas City Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year at 2-14, so after three weeks of the regular season, KC has already passed their win total from last year. The New York Giants were supposed to challenge for the NFC East title this year, but after Sunday’s shutout loss to the Carolina Panthers, New York has dropped to 0-3. Kansas City looks for the momentum to continue, while New York desperately looks for a “W.”

09/24/2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 22: Ted Ginn Jr. #19 of the Carolina Panthers high-steps out of a tackle by Justin Trattou #69 of the New York Giants during play at Bank of America Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers Rout Winless New York Giants 38-0

After Sunday’s shutout loss to the previously winless Carolina Panthers, no one can argue that Big Blue hasn’t earned its position at the bottom of the NFC East standings. After all, the G-men allowed the Panthers to set a team record with seven sacks of Eli Manning. Panthers quarterback tossed three touchdown passes as Carolina thoroughly embarrassed New York 38-0.

09/23/2013

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Fantasy Football: Top 12 Wide Receivers To Draft

Here’s what you need to know about the wide receiver position this year: It’s deep. Here’s our top 12.

08/13/2013

Robert Griffin III (Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NFC All-Pro Selections – Offense

The NFC’s all-pro offense features Packers QB Aaron Rodgers handing the ball to AP and tossing it to Megatron. Who else?

01/13/2013

File photo of Victor Cruz. (credit: Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Giants Win Doesn’t Matter, Miss Playoffs

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Justin Tuck called it a funny year. He and his New York Giants teammates weren’t laughing. There will be no repeat championship for the […]

12/31/2012

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