Rashad Jennings carried the ball a career-high 34 times against the Texans, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to repeat that workload.
Jennings responded with career highs of 34 carries and 176 yards, including a 1-yard TD run that made it 14-0 late in the first half.
It’s time for the Giants to look in the mirror and figure out how they need to play. Houston has been able to execute, while coach Tom Coughlin’s team has failed to do so.
The fourth quarter contained the worst infractions: a punt return allowed for a TD, four dropped passes and two lost fumbles.
Only time will tell, but you would think it’s critical for the Giants — particularly the offense — to get off to a good start in their home opener on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Maybe the Giants could have used more preseason reps. Then again, maybe those would not have been enough, either, given the poor matchup against the Lions.
If the Giants are going to run the ball, they’ll have to make sure to neutralize one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the league: Ndamukong Suh.
Don’t kid yourself. If this O-line doesn’t get it together, whatever improvements were made to the rest of the roster will go for naught.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese knew he had plenty of work to do, and he plugged a ton of holes in free agency. Now comes the hard part — the NFL Draft.
The organization has begun to compile its final evaluations and, for the purposes of this blog, we will not break down the season finale, but rather will identify this season’s game balls and gassers.
One more game. One more time. One more opportunity for the approximately two dozen free agents on the Giants’ roster to put their work on tape.
A bit sloppy? Sure. Each team had a lead and a chance to grab the game by the throat and failed to do so. In the end, the Giants reached back and made enough plays to post their sixth win in their past nine games.
For the third straight week, the Giants are playing an opponent who faces a must-win situation to either remain in playoff contention or while attempting to enhance its postseason seeding.
The offense never got into gear, failing to cross the 50 until nearly seven minutes remained in the game.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle interrupted Tom Coughlin’s locker room speech to passionately defend his coach.