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New York Giants news and notes: Giants-49ers preview edition

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Sunday morning notebook.

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers: A brutal fight to behold -
That's what Victor Cruz expects when his New York Giants take on the San Francisco 49ers. Kimberly Jones says the defending champs face more questions entering this scintillating Sunday bout.

New York Giants will find a different San Francisco 49ers offense - San Jose Mercury News
The San Francisco 49ers have made many improvements since their NFC title game loss to the New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith evolves from top-pick bust to NFL’s top-rated passer - NY Daily News
Alex Smith can still remember, even if he tries to avoid doing so. It was about this time two years ago that Smith, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, walked off the Candlestick Park field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and heard a rowdy crowd calling for his head.

War of words between NY Giants and San Francisco 49ers is now a battle for respect by the Bay - NY Daily News
Victor Cruz was handed a piece of paper last week with the quote from 49ers safety Donte Whitner over the summer that added him to the group of players who have discredited the Giants amazing Super Bowl run last season.

Matchup: Giants (3-2) at 49ers (4-1) -
Eli Manning was knocked down often in the last meeting between these teams, and containing Aldon Smith will be the key if the Giants hope to avoid a similarly difficult day for Manning.

Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Defies Every Label -
Osi Umenyiora, one of the Giants’ best defensive lineman, readily acknowledges his aversion to the spotlight and his reluctance to accept conventional wisdom.

Giants Gameday: GIANTS (3-2) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-1) |
Giants vs. 49ers, 4:25 p.m. Candlestick Park; Ch. 5, 660 AM

Giants' Hakeem Nicks making trip to San Francisco |
Receiver questionable for 49ers game