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Marshall Faulk wants to know what the Giants do best. I think they'd like to know too

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For this week's GMC Playbook question, Marshall Faulk wants to know what the New York Giants do best.

Quite frankly, my first reaction to this question was something along the lines of "Uhh ... Get hurt?"

Honestly, through the first nine weeks of the 2014 season, injuries are one thing the Giants have shown an incredible aptitude for.

In 2013, Football Outsiders "credited" the Giants with an incredible 144 games lost to injury, beating the stats' website's highest previous total by a staggering 24 games.

So far this season, if there was an All-Injury team, the Giants would be contributing starters at almost every position, certainly most of the skill positions.

With guys like Victor Cruz, Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond, Jon Beason, Jerrel Jernigan David Wilson, and Chris Snee being lost for the season (or longer), and other players like Geoff Schwartz, Rashad Jennings, Odell Beckham, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie either being limited or missing significant time, the Giants' training room could take any in the league.

The kicker seems to be that these seem to be "random" injuries, with no common theme connecting them.

Looking at the list ... Did somebody drink Jobu's rum? Because you know... Well I'll let Cerrano say it:


Despite the Giants' refusal to not do this "getting injured" thing by halves, it also doesn't fully answer Faulk's question.

So what do the Giants do best?

I can come up with two things:

First, every week the Giants have a defensive lineman put forth a monstrous game. Hankins is rated by Pro Football Focus as the best defensive tackle in football right now. Jason Pierre-Paul has been one of the, if not the, best 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. Robert Ayers had a JJ Watt-level game Monday Night, and Da'Montre Moore is a very talented pass rusher.

For the Giants to build on that, they need to be playing those four guys. And given the decimated -- no, "decimated" means 1/10 are lost. The Giants should be so lucky. I'll go with "Devastated" -- state of the secondary, Perry Fewell needs to be dialing up more game plans like he did against the Colts.


The 10 to 13 connection. Despite a mixed game against the Colts, Eli Manning is playing some of the best football of his career. Odell Beckham is the Giants best -- and only -- offensive weapon. Those two are quickly forming a rapport, and between Eli's ability to dissect a defense before the snap, and Beckham's athleticism and sticky hands, they will give defensive coordinators fits.

For the Giants to build off of that strength, they need to put the ball in Eli's hands, and keep scheming ways to get it into Beckham's. As well, they need somebody to step up. Rueben Randle, Corey Washington, Preston Parker, Kevin Ogletree, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson... If the Giants want to build on the strength of their offense, One -- or more, for preference -- needs to help keep drives alive and either take pressure off the rookie wideout, or to take advantage of the attention defenses will have to start paying to Beckham.

So Giants fans, what answer would you give to Faulk this week?

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