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Kyle Orton is expected to start for the Broncos after not being able to do so last week because of an ankle injury. An ailing quarterback and a struggling offense should have the Giants licking their chops, but linebacker Michael Boley doesn't want his team to be overconfident.
"Once you start overlooking something and you put into your mindset, 'Oh, he's banged up. He's not going to hurt us,' that's when he hurts you," Boley said. "We're not going to overlook him."
The Giants are also without one of their biggest playmakers indefinitely in linebacker Antonio Pierce, who has a bulging disk in his neck. Chase Blackburn stepped in for him against Atlanta and had seven tackles.
"He's probably one of the most underrated players in the league," Kiwanuka said.
The defense also is encouraged by the return of cornerback Aaron Ross, who missed the first nine games with a severe hamstring injury. Ross had four tackles while splitting time between cornerback and safety.
"Hopefully he just keeps feeling better about himself and getting stronger," Coughlin said, "and continues to help us in whatever role we decide."
Many Giants players were looking forward to playing in the spotlight of a Thanksgiving night game, and weren't concerned about missing out on a turkey dinner.
"I eat every day," Tuck said with a smile. "I'm not worried about necessarily eating on Thanksgiving Day. Hopefully, I get to eat some quarterbacks."
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