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Experts react to Giants' win over Falcons

Posted Oct 6, 2014

Media experts give their take on the Giants following the team's Week 5 win over the Falcons

The New York Giants scored 20 unanswered points on Sunday afternoon for a 30-20 comeback Week 5 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The win was the Giants’ third straight after a 0-2 start, as the team climbed over the .500 marker for the first time since 2012.

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Big Blue (3-2) now heads into consecutive road games in the division against Philadelphia and Dallas, who both sit atop the division with 4-1 records. With that in mind, Giants.com rounds up what experts and analysts are saying about the Giants on an NFL Monday: 

Peter King, Monday Morning Quarterback

“The Giants head into an important stretch (at Philadelphia, at Dallas) with two important rookies playing a lot: fourth-round running back Andre Williams and first-round receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (If you add second-round left guard Weston Richburg, that makes three who will be crucial to Eli Manning come Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.) ‘There’s no time to analyze whether I’m really ready or not,’ Williams told Michael Eisen of Giants.com. Look at the newbies on offense right now, in key spots in the 30-20 win over Atlanta: Beckham (35 snaps, four catches, a touchdown), Williams (36 snaps, 65 rushing yards, one touchdown), Richburg (all 68 snaps), tight end Larry Donnell (52 snaps, no catches after his three-TD game last week).”

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

“The Giants? They were lost without a power running game last season. This year, free-agent steal Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams have given Tom Coughlin that desired 1-2 punch. The pair pounded out 120 tough yards against the Falcons. After two shaky, out of sync weeks and losses, the run game has helped quarterback Eli Manning find his old groove in a new scheme built to get the ball out of his hands quickly and to more receivers. See how Victor Cruz was quiet, and how young LSU products Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham found the end zone on Sunday, the latter in his rookie NFL debut.”

Dan Graziano, ESPN.com

“The Giants are 3-2, over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012 season. And they are smack in the middle of the NFC East race with games the next two weeks against division foes. The most impressive thing about their third straight win was the ability of Eli Manning and the offense to play from behind. The Giants were down 20-10 with 21 minutes left in the game.”

John Breech, CBSSports.com

“Three weeks ago, Eli Manning was playing like he had been brainwashed by Blaine Gabbert, now he's the hottest QB in the NFL. Over the past three weeks, Manning has thrown nine TD passes and only one interception and the Giants have averaged 35 points per game. On Sunday, Manning got some serious help from a Giants defense that hit Matt Ryan eight times and kept him under constant pressure.”

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

“The stellar play of Eli Manning combined with the emergence of an unheralded tight end and a rock-solid running game has the NFL buzzing about the potential of Tom Coughlin's troops in the NFC. I'm not quite ready to proclaim the G-Men legitimate title contenders, but I am certainly intrigued about an efficient offense that's quickly rounding into form under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.”

Bill Pennington, The New York Times

“A Giants team reeling less than a month ago, with an 0-2 record, is now on a three-game winning streak and has been revitalized by a jolt of fresh blood. ‘We are just getting started,’ said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who had a strong second half harassing Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. ‘We’re getting the young guys mixed in with the vets. We’re building something.’”