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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J -- Head coach Tom Coughlin has been preaching for three weeks the importance of the New York Giants' running a balanced offense and a pressurized defense.

They have accomplished neither.

After two games, the Giants are the NFL's No. 1 passing team with an average of 390.5 yards per contest and No. 32 -- last -- rushing team, averaging 36.5 yards. That is not the kind of balance Coughlin means.

However, this cannot be surprising considering the Giants passed nearly three times more than they have run the ball (91 pass attempts to 33 rushes), due to an obvious lack of faith in the runners.

On defense, Coughlin is also looking for a bit more of a rush and defensive end Damontre Moore could be in line for more snaps against Carolina this weekend if he has a good week of practice.

The Giants have allowed a league-high 77 points and have only two sacks.

Moore made his regular-season debut last week against the Denver Broncos, but only had one defensive snap in his first action back from a bruised shoulder.

With the Giants' pass rush in need of a spark, Coughlin has not ruled out giving Moore a chance to contribute more on defense. He had a dynamic debut against the Steelers in the first preseason game

"Let's make sure the kid is really ready to go and then let's see what we can do about that," Coughlin said.

The rookie promised to be ready if his number is called.

"We just started the week so I'm just going to play it by ear and see what happens," Moore said.

If he does get his opportunity, Moore believes that he can help his team.

"I'm just going to go in there and whenever my time comes, I'm going to be sure I'm ready, give it my all, and leave it all on the field."

As for finding that rush on offense, Coughlin says it is a goal. However, it is of not help that second year running back David Wilson is the team's leading rusher with 14 carries, 36 yards, no touchdowns and, most important, two fumbles. Coughlin's displeasure was obvious when the team signed almost-retired Brandon Jacobs to help out.

"We're going to work towards it, for sure," Coughlin said of achieving balance. "I believe we've got a lot of work to do to get there, obviously, but it's something that we have to have.

"That's critical to the ability to be in position where we can at least hold the defense at bay in terms of what we're going to do. We have not had a lot of success, so that means we really do have to put more emphasis into it," he added.

Against Carolina, the Giants will be facing a Panthers defensive secondary that has been decimated by injury, a factor that should play into the Giants hands given that their strength on offense is their passing game.

If the Panthers drop their linebackers into coverage to help against the pass, that might help gain room for the Giants' stalled running game. However, Carolina's linebackers are good unit, led by last year's defensive Rookie of the Year, Luke Kuechly.
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