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Once sporting a dominant pass rush, winless Giants now last in the league with five sacks

New York Giants captain Justin Tuck, looks over his notes with election day results for Newark Mayor Cory Booker during an election night victory party, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off during a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New York Giants captain Justin Tuck, looks over his notes with election day results for Newark Mayor Cory Booker during an election night victory party, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan faced off during a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

Putting pressure on the quarterback has been the trademark of the New York Giants' defense for decades.

Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason-Pierre-Paul were just a few of the guys who had opposing quarterbacks looking to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible.

The pressure forced mistakes and it was a key to the team's four Super Bowl titles, particularly the last two under coach Tom Coughlin.

That rush is gone, and it might be one of the biggest reasons the Giants (0-6) are off to their worst start since 1976.

New York has a league-low five sacks heading into Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-4), and it has Coughlin and his line searching for answers.