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Giants Vs. Buccaneers: Giants Already In A Hole

Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants enter Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season already facing an uphill climb in their effort to defend their Super Bowl championship. The Giants lost their season-opening game to the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17, and are the only NFC East team to have suffered a loss the opening week of the season.

"You can’t lose a game. Everybody’s 1-0, and we’re 0-1," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. [Full transcript]

The Giants might get cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) and defensive tackle Marvin Austin back this week. Starting offensive tackle Will Beatty also appears closer to returning to full-time duty. [See full story]

The game, set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX, features the return to New Jersey of former Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano. Schiano is in his rookie season as an NFL head coach.

The game will also feature other players and coaches who are familiar to the Giants. Tampa Bay running back D.J. Ware was released by the Giants and claimed by the Buccaneers prior to the start of the season. Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was the Giants' quarterbacks coach last season. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan served one aborted season (2009) as the Giants' defensive coordinator, and had been the team's linebackers coach before that.