EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A week after getting torched by an unheralded Nick Foles for seven touchdown passes, the Raiders defense showed up.
“I was proud of the defense,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I was proud the way they responded after last week's performance. I thought they responded positively.”
Oakland limited Giants quarterback Eli Manning to 140 yards on a season low-tying 12 completions in 22 attempts. They sacked Manning three times and cornerback Tracy Porter picked him off and returned it for a touchdown (Porter is the only player in league history to have a pick-six against both Eli and Peyton Manning), handing Manning his league-leading 16th interception.
The Raiders scored all 17 of their points in the first half off turnovers.
“They're all frustrating when you lose,” said safety Charles Woodson. “The way we lost last week was embarrassing and this week was a very winnable game and you don't make the plays you need to make.
“They hurt equally. This is the most recent, so that's the one that hurts the most.”
Especially with the Raiders limiting the Giants to 251 yards of offense, though running back Andre Brown did rumble for 115 yards on 30 carries in his season debut after recovering from a broken leg.
“I would have liked to see us stop the run a little better,” Allen said. “But we got in a situation where we weren't really allowing them to really throw the ball, and we weren't giving up explosive runs, per se. So I thought our run defense did a nice job of limiting what they could do offensively.
“A solid day by our defense.”
“We'll come in tomorrow and we'll gather our thoughts, lick our wounds a little bit and get ready to play next week,” Woodson said. “Guys are very prideful in our locker room and we'll be ready to play again next week.”
It's a road game, at the Houston Texans. And the Raiders are 1-11 on the road under the defensive-minded Allen, their lone win in that span coming at Kansas City last season.