Adding Damon Harrison (98) and Olivier Vernon (54) to the defensive line was a key step in the rejuvenation of the Giants defense

The overhaul happened in the span of an offseason, with five free-agent acquisitions, a first-round pick and several undrafted free-agent finds. The defensive rebuild was spearheaded by general manager Jerry Reese, assistant general manager Kevin Abrams, vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross and their scouting staff. Together they pulled off the improbable; some might have even said the impossible prior to this season.

Mens Drew Brees Jersey The Giants’ front-office brass hit on all three of their major offseason signings. Jenkins made the Pro Bowl and the other two were deserving. Vernon led the team in sacks with 8.5 and Harrison led all defensive tackles with 86 tackles, including six for a loss.

It begins Sunday against a Packers team they already lost to earlier this season in Green Bay.

RB Paul Perkins. The rookie has increased his rushing total in each of the past six games. He even made his first career start in Week 17 against the Redskins, when he became the Giants’ first 100-yard rusher of the season. If Perkins can give the Giants any sort of rushing attack (they had 54 yards rushing as a team in their first meeting with the Packers), it will help open passing lanes against a depleted secondary that can be exploited. And Packers all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be kept off the field.
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Their defense plays at an extremely high level. They’ve held three of their past four opponents to 10 points or fewer, and two of those teams (Cowboys and Redskins) were top-10 offenses. So are the Packers. If the Giants keep Green Bay and Rodgers in check and under 20 points, Manning & Co. will leave Lambeau Field with a win. Even during the final three games of their six-game winning streak, Green Bay has given up 24 points or more. The Packers are an average team (5-5) when they don’t score 30 points this season.

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