Rapid Reaction: New York Giants
November, 10, 2013
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium:
What it means: Three wins in a row for a Giants team that started the season 0-6. They are now 3-6 on the season and have tied the Washington Redskins for third place in the NFC East.
Stock Watch: Running back Andre Brown, up. Lots of questions coming into this game about how -- and how much -- Brown would play in his first game since breaking his left leg in the preseason finale. Well, maybe it was Peyton Hillis' early fumble that prompted this or maybe it was the plan all along, but Brown was by far the primary ball carrier and looked better than any other Giants back has this season. He ran fast. He ran with vision. He gained yards after contact. He became the second Giants back this season to have a 100-yard rushing game, and if he can stay healthy, he looks like a potential answer at a position that has flummoxed them all season.
Some sloppiness: They'll obviously take the win, but quarterback Eli Manning continues to look bad. His second-quarter interception, which Tracy Porter returned for a touchdown, raised Manning's league-leading total to 16, although he hadn't thrown one in either of his previous two games.
T2 comeback rolls on: The play that tilted the momentum back in the Giants' favor was a Terrell Thomas interception of Terrelle Pryor that Thomas nearly returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. It set up a Brown touchdown run that put the Giants on top 21-20. Thomas was NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 8, and his comeback from a third ACL surgery on his right knee is one of the feel-good stories of the Giants' season.
What's next: The Giants play at home next Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, who lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to injury last week and backup Seneca Wallace to injury Sunday. Scott Tolzien could be the man taking snaps for the Packers at MetLife in this one. Reminder: The time for that game has been moved up four hours to 4:25 p.m. ET.