The New York Giants came off their bye week tired of the questions about whether they were in the middle of another November swoon. They were tired about hearing about their last two losses against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals they suffered before the bye.
The Giants responded to their critics by coming out and playing their best football game since they beat the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6. The Green Bay Packers just didn’t have an answer for a well-rested Giants team while they tried to deal with key injuries on both sides of the ball. The result was a 38-10 win for Big Blue.
Perhaps the most impressive stat of the game was Eli Manning’s efficiency on third down. Manning was six-for-seven for 82 yards and three touchdowns. During the previous three games, Manning was only 12-for-29 without a score. A healthy Hakeem Nicks, who said this was the best he felt since the Giants beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, made a ton of difference and Eli targeted him early and often. Eli’s three touchdown passes allowed him to surpass Phil Simms as the Giant’s all-time leader for touchdowns with 200.
The Giants were also able to get past another issue that had been plaguing them in recent games, scoring in the red zone. Tonight, the Giants were able to turn the red zone into the green zone as Tom Coughlin likes to call it, converting on five trips in the red zone into scores.
On the defensive side of the ball the Giants made Aaron Rodgers’ life a little tough. The Giants recorded five sacks and Prince Amukamara completely shut out James Jones. With the lone exception of a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, the Giants defensive backs made it tough for Rodgers to find an open man and when there was one the Giants defensive line was forcing Rodgers to the ground.
While the win was great and much-needed, the Giants still weren’t able to escape unharmed. Andre Brown broke his fibula in the fourth quarter. Rookie David Wilson has been asking for a shot to get more playing time. Now is his chance to finally show what he can do with that increase in playing time.
Kenny Phillips also left in the fourth quarter after coming up limping. The Giants took him out as a precaution and he will undergo tests during the week to make sure there is no damage to his knee. He had been out since spraining his MCL in Week 4.
This was a much needed win for the Giants tonight, but things don’t get any easier for them as they get ready to take on the Washington Redskins next Monday night.