EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quick thoughts on the Giants’ 28-20 victory over the Lions.
What It Means: The Giants are starting to take care of business. In a game that they were supposed to win, the Giants got the job done. It wasn't anything spectacular, but the Giants didn’t have a letdown with what lies ahead of them next week. They handled a decent Detroit Lions team and showed better composure as the Lions were plagued by penalties. At 4-2, this is exactly where the Giants should be as their schedule gets tougher with NFC East play about to begin.
What’s Next: As if we had to remind you, it’s Dallas week. The Giants finally play an NFC East game and it’s against the Cowboys. The Giants make the trip to Jerry World for a Monday night showdown that should be electric no matter what the Cowboys’ record is. Dallas will be playing to try to climb out of an early hole and the Giants will be looking to show the NFL that they are legit contenders. A win in Dallas always goes a long way.
Knockout Artists: The Giants' defense knocked out its third quarterback of the season when Shaun Hill had to leave before halftime with an arm injury. Hill had been playing well and he had a touchdown before falling on his left arm. The Lions were forced to go with Drew Stanton, and Osi Umenyiora was able to strip Stanton for a fumble, which Justin Tuck recovered. Stanton later connected on an 87-yard touchdown pass to Megatron, Calvin Johnson. Hill joins the Bears’ Jay Cutler and Todd Collins as quarterbacks the Giants have knocked out of games this season.
Shut ‘em Down: The Giants' run defense continues to be lights out. Perry Fewell’s unit held the Lions to 64 yards rushing. Rookie Jahvid Best had nowhere to run, much like Houston’s Arian Foster the week before and Chicago’s Matt Forte the week before that. The Giants came into the game having held the Texans and Bears to a combined 83 yards rushing.
Protect The Ball: The Giants did a good job of not turning the ball over. Their only turnover was a fumble by rookie punter Matt Dodge, who lost the ball on his drop on the first punt attempt of the game. The Lions recovered but the Giants were able to keep the ball otherwise against a team that came into the game tied for first in takeaways. Eli Manning threw a few balls away instead of forcing passes. The Giants' defense also came up with a huge fumble recovery when the Lions were driving down 21-17 midway through the fourth.
Just Enough: The Giants weren’t spectacular on offense but they did just enough. Manning’s numbers aren’t overwhelming but he did throw two touchdowns. He wasn’t sharp, and his best receiver was pretty much bottled up as Hakeem Nicks finished with just three catches for 8 yards. But Manning also re-connected with his favorite target, Steve Smith, on several short passes. He also hit Mario Manningham and Travis Beckum for touchdowns.
Run It To The Right: Ahmad Bradshaw had a nice day, gaining 133 yards, with many of them coming while he ran on the right side. The offensive line opened up some huge holes for Bradshaw on that right side. Brandon Jacobs scored two touchdowns and now has a touchdown in three straight games.
Special Teams: Dodge dropped the ball on his first punt of the game for the second time this season, but this time he lost it. After another shaky start, Dodge calmed down and punted better as the game progressed. He even unleashed a 59-yard punt in the fourth quarter and pumped his fist walking off the field. The Giants also had a new kicker on the field as they went with Shayne Graham after Lawrence Tynes was out due to an ankle injury. Graham had four extra points.