Experts analyze Giants after win in Philly

Posted Oct 28, 2013

The Giants have put together back-to-back wins. Here's what the experts are saying.

After starting the season 0-6, Big Blue has put together back-to-back wins to keep their hopes in the NFC East race alive. Here is a taste of what the experts are saying around the league about the Giants, who sit two games back of the division lead after beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 15-7, on Sunday:

Peter King, MMQB

Defensive Player of the Week: Antrel Rolle, safety, New York Giants.

“Maybe it’s not the greatest accomplishment anymore, holding the Eagles to 200 yards. But the Giants did, and Rolle was a huge reason why. The Giants’ defensive leader had five tackles, a sack of Mike Vick, an interception of Mike Vick, and a forced fumble. His two biggest plays of the day came in succession in the first quarter, and both led to Josh Brown field goals. He intercepted a Vick pass three minutes into the game and, after Brown’s first of five boots made it 3-0, strip-sacked Vick on the first snap of the next series. Ten plays later, Brown’s second field goal made it 6-0. When you’re struggling as much as the New York offense is, it’s important for the defense to win some games. Which this one is doing.”

Special Teams Player of the Week: Josh Brown, kicker, New York Giants.

“Not a great fan of the field goal per se (see Stat of the Week), but in the first 55 minutes at Philadelphia, these were the only points: Brown, 40-yard field goal; Brown, 44-yard field goal; Brown, 33-yard field goal; Brown, 46-yard field goal; Brown, 27-yard field goal. Those would have been the game’s lone points if Zak DeOssie hadn’t fired a snap to Harrisburg with 4:11 to play, allowing the Eagles to score a touchdown on a strange play.”

John Clayton,

“Special Teams Game Ball: Josh Brown was the Giants' offense in a 15-7 victory at Philadelphia. He was 5-for-5 on field goals, making three from between 40 and 46 yards.”

Will Brinson,

“A win is a win, but Eli Manning couldn't get into the end zone Sunday. The Giants scored just 15 points -- thanks, Josh Brown! -- and it helped that Michael Vick was hurt and Matt Barkley was Matt Barkley. Two ugly wins in a row still count, and the Giants are creeping into pack.”

Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports

“New York Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins heard the cheer and ran to the training room, where the TV showed a replay of Matthew Stafford's last-minute touchdown plunge in Detroit. The Detroit Lions had rallied to beat the Dallas Cowboys, with Stafford surprising everyone — including his line — by eschewing a clock-killing spike for a quarterback sneak with no timeouts and seconds to go. And the Giants, who had just topped the Philadelphia Eagles for their second win in a row after a 0-6 start, saw another sign they have a chance for an unprecedented comeback in the wide-open NFC East.”

Bill Pennington, The New York Times

“The unforeseen bliss of a two-game winning streak has not exactly gone to the Giants’ heads. On Sunday, in the waning moments of their second victory in seven days, their sideline was not a party zone. The sting of six losses to start the season remained. But in the Giants’ locker room after a 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, there were relieved, if sheepish, smiles. It is one thing to finally win a game; it is another to prove that the first victory was not a fluke.”

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