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Spagnuolo Returns as Giants Defensive Coordinator

NFL Photos via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Steve Spagnuolo is once again the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Spagnuolo, who served as the team's DC from 2007-08, was hired Thursday back into the role he served when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII.

The 55-year-old Spagnuolo spent the past two seasons as a member of the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff, serving as the team's assistant head coach and secondary coach last season. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and served three seasons as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

“I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again," Spagnuolo said. "I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin (head coach). Tom is the highest character guy I know. The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”

During Spagnuolo's last stint as a defensive coordinator with the Saints, his defense set an NFL record for yards-allowed. Still, his success with the Giants is undeniable, helping him beat out competition for the job.

"We spoke to a lot of very good candidates," Coughlin said. "The energy, enthusiasm and strong personality that we saw before in Steve Spagnuolo, all of that was very evident again. His desire to be a Giant again was very, very obvious."

Spagnuolo takes over a defense that ranked 29th overall in total yards allowed last season.

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Giants Want to Finish the Season Strong

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants have nothing left to play for but their head coach Tom Coughlin and pride on Sunday when they host the Eagles.

New York has won three games in a row and wants to finish the season strong under Coughlin, who has been under fire.

"We want to finish strong," quarterback Eli Manning said this week.

"We've been playing pretty good football lately," Manning continued.  "We want to end the season on a high note."

The Eagles have dropped their last three games and quarterback Mark Sanchez will make his return to New York, where he first started with the Jets.

"You have to win games," Sanchez said. "The head coach and the quarterback, we are the only ones who keep a record, so it goes with the territory of this position. There have been three really tough games and (last week's) came down to the wire and we came up a little short."

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Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans

NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants earned their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense, hauling in five passes, including a 61-yard reception and his first touchdown at MetLife Stadium, which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day, running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

"You treat every game as a must-win," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "You don't want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we've got to get things going. We have to start playing better football."

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

"He's a very good football player," Coughlin said of Watt.  "Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There's no doubt people have to be aware of where he is."

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Lions Roll Past Giants on Monday Night

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson twice in the first quarter for touchdowns and never looked back in the Lions 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.

Stafford passed for 346 yards with two touchdown passes to Johnson in the victory.

"I don't work on my moves a lot during practice, but I know I have to be better with my feet this year so that we can keep plays alive," Stafford said. "On both of the touchdown passes to Calvin, the offensive line got me a lot of time, and he was able to uncover himself and find somewhere open."

Johnson finished with seven receptions, 163 yards, and the two early touchdowns.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who had a career high 27 interceptions last season, added two on opening night and was 18 of 33 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

"No excuses. We played very poorly," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We don't have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn't move the ball, couldn't stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance."

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Giants RB David Wilson to See Neck Specialist 

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) --  New York Giants running back David Wilson's bounce-back season is off to a rough start.

Wilson left Tuesday's training camp practice with a neck injury and underwent a battery of tests.  He is expected to miss at least a week. 

"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and go to work," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday. "But we'll see."

Instead of playing in Sunday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, Wilson will stay in New York and be examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery.  Cammisa is the same specialist who performed season-ending spinal fusion surgery on Wilson after Week 5 to correct a disk problem in his neck in 2013.

The Giants drafted Wilson in the first-round of the 2012 NFL draft.  He was cleared for full contact back on July 21 and was practicing normally with the team before the injury occurred.

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Tom Coughlin Agrees to Contract Extension

Win McNamee/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Despite a disappointing 2013 season, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has received a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.

Coughlin broke the news to reporters Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

The Giants are coming off a season in which they started 0-6 and finished with a 7-9 record. Still, Coughlin has led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in his 10 seasons as head coach.

“I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said when talking about the extension. “We’ve had a lot of work going on in our building. I had great confidence it would happen, and it did.”

Coughlin, 67, was entering the final year of a three-year extension he received after winning the 2012 Super Bowl that pays him $6.7 million per season.

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Giants' Antrel Rolle Says Tom Couglin Not to Blame for Struggles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- As the Giants face a losing season after their second shutout of the season, safety Antrel Rolle is defending his head coach, Tom Coughlin.

"Coach Couglin can't take any of this blame. I won't allow it," Rolle said after the loss. "He can't coach heart. He can't make a player have passion about this game, and that's what we were lacking out here today."

On Sunday, the Giants suffered a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Eli Manning threw five interceptions, and it appeared at times that the team didn't put for a full effort during the game.

The Giants offense has just 181 yards of total offense. Through 14 games, the Giants are 28th in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and Manning leads the NFL in interceptions with 25.

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Seahawks Defense Stifles Giants, 23-0

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The Seattle Seahawks (12-2) had a taste of what playing in the cold weather will be like if they make their way back in February.

Seattle's defense picked off Eli Manning five times and held the running game to 25 yards of offense in the 23-0 win over the Giants (5-9) on Sunday.

Russell Wilson finished 18 of 27 and threw for 206 yards with an interception and a touchdown in the victory.

"It does matter," said Wilson, who won his 23rd game, which is the most for a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. "Winning a lot of games is really important. It's what we come to do every day, to have a championship day, have a championship year."

Manning has now thrown 25 interceptions for the season, which ties his career high.

"It probably pretty much shows why we're in this situation where we have only five wins and they are the top of the NFC and playing great football," said Manning.

The Seahawks had a chance to wrap up the NFC West title, but the 49ers won.  They'll host Arizona next Sunday with the "12th Man" in full force.

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Bears Drop Giants to 0-6 with 27-21 Victory

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  Jay Cutler made sure his team would not be losers of three-straight games.

Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall, leading the Chicago Bears to a 27-21 victory over the winless New York Giants on Thursday night.

The Bears intercepted Eli Manning three times, bringing his NFL-leading total to 15 on the season.  Tim Jennings had two of the three picks, returning one for a touchdown in the first quarter.

"We see things each and every week that tell us we cannot just be good, we can be very good," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "But we also know there's a lot of work ahead."

Brandon Jacobs was the lone bright spot for the Giants in his first start of the year.  He rushed 22 times for 106 yards and two scores, but that alone will not be able to wash the bad taste out of the mouths of the team's players and coaches.

"We're all sick of it," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it."

The Giants dropped to 0-6 for the first time since 1976.

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