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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked to

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked to the media following practice at the Timex Performance Center. (Aug. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

By the way, the Giants won.

The offense still looked a little lackluster at times, especially early on with the first unit. And the defense gave up some big plays but they did keep the Bears out of the end zone. All in all?

"I think it was a progression," Tom Coughlin said. "We had a five practice week and we knew this was going to have to be our week for improvement because our next couple games are after very short weeks. We put a lot of emphasis on our coverage teams based on the week before. We put a lot of emphasis defensively on stopping the run and preventing big plays because we allowed some big plays the week before. Offensively, I don’t know what the third down rate was but I know that was an emphasis, as was getting the running game going. I didn’t think that was all that great, although we did have the one run at the end of the game. That was a nice thing to see but whether or not we really balanced out with our running game, I didn’t quite feel that way, so there is more work to be done."

Eli Manning was 8-for-16 for 78 yards. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass this preseason, but he hasn't thrown an interception either.

"I thought we were a little bit better," he said of the second perforomance. "Obviously, we got a touchdown, a couple of good drives, a fourth down conversion. We got a little bit better on third down, but still we can definitely get better and definitely stop throwing things. We were going against a good defense. I was pleased with a couple of our drives and what we were able to accomplish."


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