For the 2nd consecutive week, the New York Giants won a football game by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7. Also, for the 2nd consecutive week, the Giants played against a team without their #1 Quarterback for the entire game. Last week, the Giants manhandled the Vikings mostly because Josh Freeman was forced into the starting role too soon. This week, an unhealthy Michael Vick clearly could not put forth his best efforts (hamstring) and was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley, who clearly is not ready. The Giants showed a lot of intensity on defense; which translated into a solid effort. Offensively; the Giants did what they needed to do to secure a win. Although neither offense managed a TD, the game was entertaining to watch. Here are the following high points/low points and final thoughts of the game:

High Points:

  • Giants won the battle of turnovers 3 to 1
  • Giants won the time of possession battle 38:05 to 21:05
  • Giants won the battle of 3rd efficiency 8/19 (42%) to 3/12 (25%)
  • Giants defense did not allow a TD for the 2nd consecutive week
  • Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks combined for 14 catches for 137 yards
  • Giants won the battle of total yards 325 to 201
  • Manning for the 2nd consecutive week did not throw an INT
  • Linval Joseph was dominate in the middle recording 4 tackles and a sack
  • Defense recorded 4 sacks
  • Peyton Hillis ran hard and earned every inch of his 70 yards

Low Points:

  • Giants were 0/2 in the red zone
  • Giants managed only 5 FG’s
  • Too many tackles by the secondary
  • Zak DeOssie poor snap; which resulted in the only TD of the game for the Eagles

Final Thoughts:

Again, a win is a win and the Giants are now on a 2 game winning streak. So at the halfway point of the season, the Giants are now only 2 games behind the Dallas Cowboys. With a much needed bye this week, the Giants will open the 2nd half of the season with 3 consecutive home games (Raiders, Packers and Cowboys) and 5 of 8 at home. I have gone on record and stated that the Giants will not make the playoffs (based on their 0-6 start), so I will still stand by it. Regardless; I will be very interested to see how this team responds in the 2nd half. For now, Giant fans can enjoy the moment as this team is starting to feel good about themselves.