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Defensive Issues Have Giants Looking “Defenseless”

Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Eli Manning has shown the New York Giants can score with anybody.

It’s the defending Super Bowl champions’ defense that is playing catch-up heading into Sunday’s NFL championship rematch against the San Francisco 49ers (4-1).  The meeting with the 49ers is the first of a difficult group of match-ups for the Giants.

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell’s unit has been very inconsistent through the 2012 season.

Take Sunday’s 41-27 win over the Cleveland Browns. The defense allowed touchdowns on the Browns’ first two series. Granted the first TD was set up by an Ahmad Bradshaw fumble at his own 22. But it only took two Trent Richardson runs to get the score

The second was a 65-yard pass play from Brandon Weeden to Josh Gordon, the fifth score of 29 yards or longer this season against New York (3-2).

That’s a no-no for any defense, particularly one with Tom Coughlin as coach.  Coughlin demands disciplined play.

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