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Giants' defense looking to get after the quarterback

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the second half of a game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Credit: AP / Tony Gutierrez

It's pretty simple.

"When the ball hikes," defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. said, "go as fast as you can, do moves, and get to the quarterback."

The Giants weren't able to do that against Tony Romo. They were held without a sack and credited with just one hit on the quarterback. Sunday against the Falcons, they need to be more disruptive. "We've got to get to the quarterback more, no question about that," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "How do you do it? We'll try to figure it out."

Spagnuolo admitted that the game plan for Dallas did not include all of the blitzes and gimmicks he would have liked. Some of that was to ease the burden on a young group, some was to focus more on coverage. Against the Falcons and Matt Ryan, however, the Giants figure to not only get better pressure with their front four but send others more often.

"We definitely want to put some pressure on and make it hard for No. 2 back there," said linebacker Devon Kennard, one of the Giants' better blitzers. "I think we're up to the task."

McAdoo: Criticism unjust

Ben McAdoo said Eli Manning withstood the lashing he took from the media and the public after last Sunday's loss, even if it might have deserved a flag for unnecessary roughness at times. "He did a nice job of handling this barrage of criticism this week, which I don't feel is just," McAdoo said.

Giant steps

LB Jon Beason (knee) was limited in practice. The real test for his availability Sunday, however, will be how he feels Friday . . . DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) was in a boot during practice and was trying out various types of cleats in the locker room to help alleviate his injury . . . Tom Coughlin said TE Daniel Fells (foot) was taken out of his protective boot, but he did not practice.

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