It's better than it was in the season opener but still not where Tom Coughlin wants it to be. Ahmad Bradshaw gained 59 yards on 15 carries, but 50 came in the first half. Brandon Jacobs gained 50 yards and scored once, but short yardage continues to be a problem as the Giants were stuffed on another fourth-and-1.
Eli Manning threw his first two TD passes of the season but only managed 200 yards and had another pick. Manning did lose two of his top three receivers, Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon, to injuries in the second half. The line also surrendered three sacks.
The Giants smothered the Rams, holding Cadillac Williams to 36 yards rushing. Sam Bradford had the biggest gain of the night, a 17-yard scramble. Yes, Steven Jackson sat out the game, but the Giants defense has been terrific against the run through two weeks.
Michael Boley scooped up a fumble off a backward lateral pass and scored a 65-yard TD. And the Giants' secondary only gave up one passing TD. On the down side, Sam Bradford passed for 331 yards and didn't even have his top receiver, Danny Amendola. The Giants allowed five passing plays of over 23 yards.
Dave Tollefson recovered a muffed punt by Greg Salas at the Rams 38, leading to the Giants' first touchdown. And Tollefson forced a fumble on a Rams kickoff return that pinned St. Louis to its own 7-yard-line. Steve Weatherford punted seven times for a net average of 39.0 with two inside the 20.
Tom Coughlin won two challenges and the defense shut down the Rams' running game. But they did have trouble early with the Rams' no-huddle offense. The Giants are definitely a work in progress but the bottom line is they got the victory and avoided what would have been an 0-2 start.