Giants Get The Win They Needed
By Mike Florio
It won’t take seven games for the Giants to find the win column this season after defeating the Houston Texans yesterday, 30-17, with strong play on both sides of the ball.
The Giants were able to pick up the win for strong performances from the players they expect to step up.
Rashaad Jennings carried the G-Men, rushing 34 times for 176 yards (5.2 yards-per-carry), and a touchdown. Victor Cruz was able to break out of his slow start, hauling in five balls for 107 yards, including a 61-yard catch and run. He added his first touchdown of the season, sidestepping a defender and sprinting to the end zone. Larry Donnell added in six catches for 45 yards.
Eli Manning completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over and finished the game with a passer rating of 123.2.
On defense, the Giants were able to force the Texans to make mistakes. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a reputation of being a gunslinger, and the Giants made him pay as Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antrel Rolle all recorded an interception.
The Texans were without star running back Arian Foster (Hamstring), and the Giants did a nice job limiting backup Alfred Blue. The Giants held the Texans to 119 yards rushing, 34 of which were Fitzpatrick.
Jameel McClain recorded 11 tackles, one for a loss and assisted on a sack. Jason Pierre-Paul added seven tackles of his own, one of which went for a loss.
The Giants game plan was simple, have a balanced offensive attack, win the turnover battle and have their big-name players show up. They will certainly need those players to step up again this Thursday, as they get the Redskins on a shortened week, in what could be a shootout.
The stress this Thursday will once again be for Manning and co. to take care of the ball, as Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will not be as careless as Fitzpatrick.