The offensive line has stabilized. The running game is finally making strides, and Manning and his receivers are using quick, short passes to take what defenses offer instead of forcing plays over the top.
It was the Giants’ most complete game of the season. Coach Tom Coughlin was so pleased with the team’s fourth straight win that he allowed them to have a “victory Monday.”
In an NFC East nobody wants to win, a division where the champion could well be 7-9 when all this is said and done, the Giants are looking pretty good right now.
Heading into this week, Manning is ranked 31st among NFL passers with a 68.5 quarterback rating. The only player lower than him in the NFC is Josh Freeman.
What can’t Brown do for you? Andre Brown led the way with a 115-yard performance in Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Raiders.
A disappointing 2013 season came to a premature end for New York Giants halfback David Wilson yesterday. The second year player from Virginia Tech was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the G-men, who activated running back Andre Brown from the injured list as well. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden sat out practice with a pulled hamstring and looks unlikely to play on Sunday.
Cruz got his red jersey because coach Tom Coughlin wanted to make sure his No. 1 receiver didn’t get hit in practice Thursday and have a setback for Sunday’s game against Oakland.
After spending the last 10 weeks on recallable injured reserve with a second broken leg in less than a year, all Brown cares about is playing against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Considering the Giants’ revolving door at running back, they can’t afford the same type of thing happening at any other position. That brings us to the Victor Cruz situation.
The New York Football Giants had their worst start since 1976, and the team did not get its first win until Week 7 of the regular season. After beating the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the G-men went down to Philadelphia and defeated the Eagles 15-7 to complete their first half at 2-6. With eight games remaining, including three with division rivals, Dallas and Washington, New York still has eyes on a division title. Here are five players who will need to be productive in order for the Giants to compete.
The New York Giants have gotten off to their worst since 1976, yet at 2-6, the team does still have its sights set on an NFC East title. But in order to have a second half turnaround, some players will have to raise their performance, and others will have to maintain their first half pace.
Victor Cruz appeared to be hurt when he was slammed to the ground after a catch. He later returned in the fourth quarter.
Josh Freeman’s debut as a Viking was the boost that the New York Football Giants needed as the G-men snapped their six game losing streak with a 23-7 victory over Minnesota. New York’s initial victory of the 2013 campaign was not a thing of beauty, but the Giants were able to hold Adrian Peterson to a mere 28 yards rushing, requiring Freeman to raise the level of his play to a level that the league had not seen in several years. Freeman was not able to come through; completing only 38 percent of his passes on the evening.
Most folks in the Tri-State area would say the Giants have no shot to make the playoffs after an 0-5 start. We say “most” because there’s a group that won’t give up just yet — the guys in the locker room.
On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Chicago Bears. They’re trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn’t won a game all season.