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The Giants (0-2) try to break an 0-7 September losing streak today when they host All-Pro DE J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (2-0).

Site: Metlife Stadium

Kickoff: 1:00pm EDT

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Here are three keys for the Giants today if they are going to get of the schneid vs Houston today.

Stop the run. The Texans are averaging 151.5 yards per game on the ground. The Giants will have Markus Kuhn back and the Texans may be without their feature RB, Arian Foster. Don't let the backups beat you.

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I didn't like the Texans' chanced going into this game, and people told me I was crazy. ?I kept thinking about what Perry Fewell said about the defense as the team ended the preseason.

He basically told us this defense of his would take some time to get rooted. I think that's happened. The Giants are stopping the run and daring opponents to pass against them, ?exposing quarterbacks to their unending pass rush in the process.

That pass rush has looked like a flash flood as of late - a quick, powerful deluge that wipes out even the most prepared victims.

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The latest injury report for today's game vs Houston.....

C?Shaun O'Hara (ankle/Achilles), OT?Will Beatty (foot), LB?Keith Bulluck (toe), FB?Madison Hedgecock (hamstring) and DE?Mathias Kiwanuka (neck) are all OUT for today's game.

RB?Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle), CB?Terrell Thomas(hamstring), and S?Kenny Phillips (knee) are QUESTIONABLE. ? Bradshaw and Thomas have said they will play and Phillips will likely also, but he is listed as a game time decision.

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Ralph Vacchiano, Daily News: This really isn?t a much easier spot for the Giants than the Colts game was three weeks ago - - with the only differences being that the Texans aren?t as battle tested as Indy and they aren?t angry and desperate to avoid a slow start. But the Texans are good and they?ve got all the ingredients to make a long run this season - - the pass rush, the running game, the quarterback, the receivers. The Giants ? well, they?re just not clicking. I know what they did to the Bears, but here?s the part I can?t get out of my head: As dominant as they looked in that game, it was 10-3 in the fourth quarter when Ahmad Bradshaw lost the ball en route to what should?ve been a game-sealing touchdown. They came closer to losing that game most people remember. Plus, that overwhelming defensive performance had a lot to do with the Bears? bad, injured line, Mike Martz?s dumb coaching mistakes, and a shell-shocked Jay Cutler. Also, teams learn. Remember the 12-sack game the Giants had against the Eagles in 2007? They had a total of one the following week. If this game were home, maybe I?d have more faith that the Giants could put it all together. But with their turnover issues, with a slew of injuries, a long road trip, and a talented Texans offense? They won?t be blown out like they were in Indy, but winning this game might be just a little too much to ask. TEXANS 31, GIANTS 21

Paul Schwartz, New York Post: This is the most balanced team the Giants have faced thus far, and they will have to be at their very best to leave Texas with a victory. Don?t like how hobbled Bradshaw seems to be, still too many elements (special teams, turnovers) lacking consistency and return of linebacker Brian Cushing should inspire home team. TEXANS 24, GIANTS 20

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Barry Cofield is featured in the?New York Post's Sunday Q&A.

Also in the Post, Paul Schwartz?says the Giants will face a balanced offense when they take on the Texans today, while Steve Serby?says it's time for Big Blue?to make a statement.

In the Daily News, Ralph Vacchiano?takes a look at the increased role of rookie Jason Pierre-Paul.

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From Chris Duncan of the AP.....

"Schaub has been sacked 11 times in the first four games ? second-most in the league along with Kyle Orton and Michael Vick ? though the Raiders didn't get to him last weekend.

Even with the sacks, Houston ranks second in the league in total offense (415.5 yards per game) and has put up big numbers both running and passing, though usually not in the same game. The Texans said the Bears and offensive coordinator Mike Martz were too predictable in their play-calling and it cost them against New York.

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Tom Coughlin had a short media session today. On Sunday the Giants will face the Texans in Houston, their third inter-conference game in five weeks. The Giants have yet to play a game vs and NFC East opponent. That won't happen until Oct 25th when they go back down to Texas to play the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Q: How's Ahmad Bradshaw?

A: He did well. He did okay ? he got up on his toes, ran around.

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The Giants have every right to feel good about themselves following last week's dominating defensive performance against the Bears. On Sunday, the defense will be?called upon once again, this time to stop a Texans team that has one of the better offensive squads in the league. From the Daily News:

After ransacking the Bears' pass-happy attack with 10 sacks against Mike Martz's swiss cheese line, the Giants take on what defensive coordinator Perry Fewell calls the most balanced offense they have faced so far. The Texans average 415.5 yards per game behind quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson (game-time decision)?but it all starts with a precision rushing attack that averages 172 yards a game.
That rushing attack is led by Arian Foster, who?is tops in the NFL in rushing (134.3 yards per game), total yards from scrimmage (172.3) and first downs gained (35). Houston is averaging 27 points a game, but they've also given up, on average,?25.5 points and 408 total yards (last in the NFL).
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The Giants were a little healthier out on the field today as Adam Koets returned to center, shifting Rich Seubert back over to guard, David Diehl over to left tackle and Shawn Andrews back to the sidelines.

Andrews will still see plenty of time this Sunday. ?He will be the first man off the bench to spell someone plus the Giants have been bringing him in as a blocking TE.

Players who did not practice today: the usuals - OT Will Beatty (foot) and C?Shaun O'Hara (Achilles); DE Mathias Kiwanuka (neck), FB Madison Hedgecock (hammy) and LB Keith Bulluck (toe). Those five are sure to be ruled out for Sunday.

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This week the Giants go to Houston to play the 3-1 Texans, who are gaining notoriety as one of the NFL's most potent offenses. The Giants have taken a few weeks to rise from the dead and are now considered armed and dangerous - especially on defense.

Oddly enough, this game may come down to the Houston defense and the Giants' offense....

Here's some facts.

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The Giants practiced yesterday without the services of several key players. ?The offensive line was without both centers. ?Shaun O'Hara is still hampered by his Achilles / ankle problems and Adam Koets has a bruised MCL that should not keep him out more than a day or two. ?Rich Seubert filled in at center in their absence.

As a result, the line is going through some changes. David?Diehl slid over to Seubert's spot at guard. With Will Beatty out until November, Shawn Andrews is next in line to play tackle, which he did yesterday. ?Tom Coughlin said Diehl and Andrews would alternate at tackle, but that is only if Koets is out.

Today, the Giants have a midday practice followed by press sessions with all three coordinators. The next game is Sunday in Houston against the high-flying 3-1 Texans.

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We have our work cut out for us. Obviously, it was special up front with the things they do and with the people they do it with. In this league, everything starts with trying to find a way to keep your quarterback upright. That performance last week was one for the ages, it was unbelievable. We're going to have to hunker down and find a way to keep our quarterback upright the best way we can and go from there. It definitely starts with protecting the quarterback.
- Houston Texans' Head Coach Gary Kubiak
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