Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/30/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A three-game losing streak has the New York Giants' one game back in the NFC East and currently out of the playoff picture.Their most recent loss was a 49-24 stomping by the New Orleans Saints' second-ranked scoring offense on Monday Night Football earlier this week.Now the Giants have to prepare on a short week for the No. 1 scoring offense in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers."We know we need to play better football," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said in a Wednesday teleconference. "That's what it comes down to. We've been close in two of those three games this past week obviously got a little lopsided. We've been right there at the end of games. We've just got to find ways to win them (and) get a faster start."We know we're going against a good team (in the Packers) but we feel if we play our caliber of football and play to our potential, we've got a good shot to win."The 25-point loss to the Saints wasn't due to a poor performance by Manning. He completed 21 straight passes in the second half of that game and threw for 406 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. New York's offensive line also did a good job keeping Manning on his feet, only allowing one sack.That is why Manning doesn't plan to change what the Giants will do on offense just because they're playing the top-two scoring teams in back-to-back weeks."When you have in your mind that you have to score every time you get the ball, sometimes that causes bad plays to come up," Manning said. "You start forcing things. When we get down there near the end zone, we have to make sure we're getting touchdowns and not just settling for field goals."It's been New York's defense that has let the Giants down this season. They are 26th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 24th in rushing yards allowed.Drew Brees had plenty of success against their defense on Monday, throwing for 363 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.The task won't be any easier next week with Rodgers and his 33-touchdown, four-interception season with a 71.8 completion rate coming into New York."We've been told many, many times that we can't' in the years that I've been here," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We know that the way that we play is in our hands. What I'm looking for is a team that's excited about this challenge and a team of individuals that gives great effort."As I've told them many times, if we can have an outstanding preparation and give a great effort, then I know that they've come and they've played and they've done exactly what we've planned on doing."Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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