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Giants Win Third Straight Against Falcons

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The New York Giants extended their win streak to three thanks to the 2014 draft class.

Giants Win Third Straight Against Falcons

Not to jump to any conclusions, but it’s starting to look like the New York Giants are finding their way under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Big Blue has won three straight after a 30-20 victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons. This game saw the 2014 draft class flourish in the Giants new offense.

New York started the game off slow in the first half. A couple of three-and-outs forced the ball back into Matt Ryan and the Falcons who began the season as one of the elite offenses in the NFL. Ryan’s go to target, Julio Jones was held in check for 11 catches and 105 yards. Although 11 receptions may not seem like he was “held in check” the Giants prevented Jones from adding to his receiving touchdown tally, which remains at three. In a game where the Giants needed to prevent the deep ball, they kept the Falcons big speedy receivers in front of them and didn't allow big plays.

On top of a fantastic defensive performance that also saw another interception from the secondary, it was the 2014 New York Giant draft class that really showed a lot of promise in the second half of the game. Giants fourth round pick Andre Williams out of Boston College had a fantastic game. After lead running back Rashad Jennings was unable to play due to an knee sprain in the first half (Ed. Note: now officially diagnosed as an MCL sprain), Williams carried the load in the running game. Williams went for 20 touches, 65 yards and a powerful running touchdown. It is likely that Rashad Jennings will miss some action for the upcoming weeks with the injury. Williams is shaping up to look like a better than average replacement and the extra reps will always benefit a rookie.

Along with the ground support, Giants fans got a glimpse of what is to come from 2014 first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. The former LSU star made his first regular season appearance with the Giants after tending to a lingering hamstring injury that kept him out all preseason and the first four games. Although he was used sparingly throughout the game plan, he looked to be a player that Eli Manning can count out. Beckham caught four balls for 44 yards, including a leaping touchdown catch that gave the Giants the lead and led to an enormous roar from the MetLife crowd. Fans have been waiting to see what the hype is all about with Beckham. They can find comfort from Sunday's action, as it looked they may have drafted a very special player that looks like he can find long term success here in New York.

Eli Manning has looked very impressive over the course of their three-game win streak. Although his passing numbers are far from astronomical, Eli has been incredibly efficient. During their streak, Eli has thrown for eight touchdown passes and only one interception and a strong 69.1 completion percentage, a monumental improvement from last season where the Giants were 0-5 and the sky was falling.

Week 6 the Giants are on Sunday Primetime as they take on division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that already has big divisional implications. Philly is currently tied for first with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East at 4-1, and a New York win would bring the Giants even.

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