The New York Giants won their third game in a row by beating an improved Detroit Lions team by the score of 28-20. The Lions extended their road loss record to 24 straight games, but stayed in this game all the way to the end. The fans have a lot to celebrate as the G-Men are on a roll after starting the season 1-2, they are now playing Giants football with an improved running game and relentless pass rush bringing their record to 4-2 sharing the NFC East lead with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The positives of this game were:
- The running game seems to be back to a one-two punch with Ahmad Bradshaw carrying the load for 19 times for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs who lately seems to be in a better place pounding the rock into the end zone for two TD’s against Detroit.
- Osi Umenyiora is back to his old ways recording two sacks and two forced fumbles leading the defense which also allowed rookie phenom Jahvid Best a paltry 16 yards rushing on 12 carries. The Giants have recorded 15 sacks in the last three games.
- The Giants offense went 4 for 4 in the red zone taking advantage of every opportunity scoring TD’s not field goals. The G-Men also found themselves a backup FB and TE in Bear Pascoe who opened up some gaping holes for the dynamic duo of Bradshaw and Jacobs.
Things to still concern you:
- Special teams still remain an area of concern with punter Matt Dodge really looking like he would be better off on the practice squad this year. Dodge shows some amazing signs at times like dropping 3 punts inside the 20 yard line, but also bobbled the first punt twice and turned the ball over to Detroit on a routine punt. The Giants also gave up a 58 yard kickoff return. If the G -Men don’t fix this, the specials will cost them a game or two this year. Newly signed kicker Shane Graham didn’t attempt a field goal and won’t as he was cut after the game. The Giants released Graham on Monday after being awarded offensive tackle Jamon Meredith off waivers from Detroit.
- The secondary struggled with the Lions receivers allowing an 87 yard TD to Calvin Johnson who went 5 for 146 and made Nate Burleson at times look like he was Jerry Rice being so wide open on third down enough to cause concern. That said, Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle made two key turnovers to secure the win. Grant on a forced fumble and Rolle with his first interception as a Giant.
- While the Giants are on a three game winning streak, they let an inferior Detroit Lion team stay in the game all the way to the end with what was in effect their third string QB. Starter Matthew Stafford was out for this game and his backup Shaun Hill was knocked out in the second quarter with a broken arm. The Giants have a penchant for knocking QB’s out this year as this is the second game where they have done so, the first was Jay Cutler of the Bears. Leaving a good team around may cost the Giants a game.
Six games are in the books and after their rough start the Giants have weathered the storm to pull into a first place tie of the NFC East. Game seven is a Monday night affair with the hated rivals from Texas which affords the Giants the ability to put an absolute nail in the proverbial Dallas Cowboys coffin. The Cowboys lost again this week against the Vikings bringing their record to 1-4. The Giants with another road win this week against the Cowboys can secure another division win and can really hurt a Dallas team that is reeling after setting their sights on being the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.
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