The Giants continue to find it awfully hard to run the ball. Ahmad Bradshaw followed up his first 100-yard game and a three-touchdown effort against Buffalo with just 50 yards on 13 carries. Bradshaw had to leave the game for a bit in the second half with a foot injury, but he returned. After voicing his frustration over a lack of carries, Brandon Jacobs gained 10 yards on four carries, mishandled a handoff and dropped a pass. But the problem is the offensive line isn't able to create enough holes.
Eli Manning threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and completed passes to eight different Giants. He spread the ball almost evenly among his top three receivers, as Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz all had nine or more targets. Manning was hit seven times but sacked only once, and the offensive line gave him time when it counted most. There were some penalties by the offensive line, but the execution was good when it mattered.
The Giants are still having problems stopping the running game, as Reggie Bush became the latest opposing running back to have a big game against them, registering 103 yards. Bush had 87 yards after the first drive of the third quarter but didn't do much else after that. Matt Moore scrambled for 31 yards and the Dolphins rushed for 145 yards total. It's the fifth consecutive game that the Giants have allowed 145 rushing yards or more.
Matt Moore started hot, completing eight of his first 11 passes for 71 yards. But the Giants eventually got pressure on him, sacking him five times, with four coming in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. Corey Webster also picked off Moore the seal the game. The Giants did catch a break when Brandon Marshall (four catches for 55 yards) was flagged for offensive pass interference after making a 26-yard reception early in the fourth. But with Justin Tuck back, the Giants' pass rush is heating up.
Tom Coughlin got a little nervous seeing Reggie Bush back for a punt return late in the fourth quarter, but Justin Tryon and Jacquian Williams wrapped up the electric Bush for a four-yard loss with 3:35 left. Punter Steve Weatherford had three punts land inside the 20 and Devin Thomas had a 40-yard kickoff return. Kicker Lawrence Tynes converted two field goals in the tilt and also has now made a franchise-record 135 extra points in a row.
Coming off the bye the Giants started slow and sloppy. There were missed tackles, penalties and dropped passes. The Giants' run defense continues to play soft early in games. And the rushing attack continues to struggle. But the Giants overcame an early 14-3 deficit in a game they knew they could not afford to lose to winless Miami. This team still has plenty to work on -- and the schedule becomes downright terrifying -- but Tom Coughlin has his team at 5-2 and on top of the NFC East at this point.