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Giants Sharp in 30-17 Win over Texans

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New York dominated all phases of the game to earn their first win of the season.

Giants Sharp in 30-17 Win over Texans

Editor's Note: It definitely helped that Arian Foster was out with injury, but with the way the Giants looked, they still might have topped the Texans. - Ross

It was a far better Sunday than the two previous for New York Giants fans. The New York Giants entered the win column week 3 at MetLife stadium versus the Houston Texans. And they won in near perfect fashion as they beat the Texans 30-17.

Sunday showed signs of Eli Manning beginning to master his role as the offensive orchestrator under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Before taking over for Kevin Gilbride in New York, McAdoo was the play caller and quarterback coach for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Although Manning and Rodgers are two completely different types of quarterbacks, he is beginning to find his form in McAdoo’s offense.

For the second straight week, Manning had a fantastic completion percentage. Eli went a stellar 21/28 for 234 yards and threw two touchdown passes. One of those was to Eli’s favorite target, Victor Cruz. Giants fans rejoiced as they got to see their star receiver do his famous salsa dance in the end zone. Eli hit four other receivers including tight end Larry Donnell who is starting to look like a very reliable target for Eli.

Not only did the Giants get the passing offense working, but they also got their running game going as well. Rashad Jennings had a rough first two weeks as a Giant, but as the criticism rained down, Jennings delivered an explosive performance against one of the NFL’s best front fours. Jennings had 34 touches for 176 yards and a touchdown to accompany Eli’s successful game through the air. Giants fans will be hoping that these performances can continue for the Giants offense.

The Giants also took care of business on the defensive side of the ball. Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was picked off three times and sacked twice on Sunday. Defensive captain Antrel Rolle had perhaps the biggest interception of the game that he returned to the Texans five-yard line that set up a Jennings touchdown run at the end of the first half.

Everything went better than planned for the Giants. Manning looked to be on the same page with all of his receivers. They were able to run the ball very effectively. They put together long scoring drives. They forced turnovers and they got off the field on third downs defensively. When all of the fore mentioned aspects of a football game come together, it equals wins in the NFL. The Giants finally showed consistency all around, and that got them their first win of the season.

Looking ahead, the Giants are on a short week as they play their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday Night Football.

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