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New York Giants: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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New York Giants: 5 Players Who Will Shine in Week 2

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The New York Giants had an interesting game Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. They did a lot of things they aren’t usually known for. They had a couple of sloppy turnovers, lost three fumbles and weren’t able to control the tempo of the game.

It’s not going to get any easier in Week 2 as the Giants host the Denver Broncos and brothers Eli Manning and Peyton Manning meet once again. The Broncos had one of the most impressive wins Week 1, embarrassing the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in the second half after trailing at halftime.

The Broncos looked like a force to be reckoned with, and the Giants will have to reevaluate themselves quickly if they hope to get back on the right track.

The defense will be the biggest key if the Giants hope to slow Peyton and the Broncos down. Peyton posted video game-type numbers in the second half, and the Giants can’t allow him to throw the ball with time in the pocket.

The other key in week one for the Giants was losing the time of possession battle. They possessed the ball nearly 15 minutes less than the Cowboys in their first game of the season because they were unable to showcase a consistent running game. This forced Eli Manning to throw the ball much more than he would normally like to. He threw 42 passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Giants have a few key players who could have a huge impact in Week 2, and they’re going to need them to play well if they want to have a shot at beating one of the best teams in the league.

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5. Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver

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Victor Cruz may have finished Week 1 with three touchdowns, but Hakeem Nicks is still the No. 1 receiver on the Giants. Cruz might have helped take some attention away from Nicks with his performance Sunday, which could open up a little space down field for Nicks.

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4. Corey Webster, Cornerback

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It's no surprise that the Broncos are planning on throwing the ball in Week 2. The Giants are going to need a stellar performance from the defensive secondary if they hope to keep them in check, and that starts with Corey Webster. Webster will have to stay on his toes all game and help out when Peyton Manning decides to dump the ball off.

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3. Mark Herzlich, Middle Linebacker

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With middle linebacker Dan Connor's status still unknown, Mark Herzlich may get a shot at some more playing time in Week 2. If he is able to read the run and make tackles in the middle of the field, Peyton will be forced into tougher decisions. They can't allow Wes Welker to catch passes from the slot and scurry for first downs. Herzlich making open-field tackles will be the easiest way to stop that.

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2. David Wilson, Running Back

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Fumbles will always get you in Tom Coughlin's doghouse. David Wilson lost two fumbles Week 1, but he could use that and the fact that the team went out and signed Brandon Jacobs as motivation to hold on to the ball. Wilson has shown flashes of brilliance but can't continue to put the ball on the ground if he wants to keep playing regularly.

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1. Ryan Mundy, Free Safety

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Ryan Mundy can make receivers very uncomfortable when they cross the center of the field. He will have to have a great game if the Giants are going to win. If he gets beat and the Giants give up big plays as a result, they won't be able to keep up with the Broncos' high-paced offense.