Takeaways from Week 10 win over Houston
The Giants defeated the Texans at home on Sunday, 24-16. The win brings their record to 7-2, the franchise's best start since they were 8-1 in 2008. It's also the first time the Giants have topped the six-win mark since 2016 when they finished the year 11-5.
Eight of the Giants' nine games have been decided by one score or less. They are the first team in NFL history to start 7-2 with every win coming by one score.
Brian Daboll and his squad are now 4-1 at MetLife Stadium with four home games still to come.
Here are takeaways from the Week 10 win over the Texans.
*DL Dexter Lawrence continued his torrid start with a sack and five quarterback hits. He finished with a whopping nine total pressures, the most ever by a defender over 320 pounds, which topped his own record of eight set in the Week 4 win over Chicago. His performance earned him a spot on the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week.
*Lawrence now has five sacks and 16 quarterback hits on the season, both of which are new career-highs for the fourth-year defensive lineman. His 35 total pressures through nine games puts him on pace to shatter his previous best of 43 pressures set in 16 games last season.
*DL Leonard Williams had his best game of the season with his team-high nine total tackles (five solo). Williams had three stops on just 17 running plays and forced a fumble of Houston's talented rookie running back Dameon Pierce. He added four total pressures and a half-sack. He now has seven quarterback hits in his last three games. PFF also acknowledged Williams' outing as one of the notable performances around the NFL on Sunday.
*CB Adoree' Jackson allowed just four receptions for 33 yards on 10 targets, good for a passer rating against of just 49.2, and added two pass breakups.
*S Jason Pinnock registered the first 1.5 sacks of his career and finished with four total pressures.
*S Dane Belton recorded the first interception of his young career against Texans QB Davis Mills. It was the rookie's second turnover of the season, with the first being the fumble recovery he had on his very first NFL play back in Week 2.
View photos from the Giants' Week 10 win over the Houston Texans.
*Now let's move to the offense, starting with QB Daniel Jones. Jones completed 76.5 percent of his passes (13 of 17) for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He earned a passer rating of 153.3, which is not only the best of his career but also the highest of any player in the NFL this season.
*Jones has now gone six consecutive games without throwing an interception, the longest streak of any Giants quarterback since Phil Simms in 1993. He has just four total turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) in nine games this season.
*RB Saquon Barkley registered a career-high 35 rush attempts against the Texans and finished with 152 yards and a touchdown. It was the fourth-highest rushing total of Barkley's career and the second-most this season. It was also the fourth-time Barkley topped 100 yards on the ground this year and the 16th time in his career.
*Barkley now leads the league with 931 rushing yards and 103.4 rushing yards per game. His 152-yard outing on Sunday moved him up to seventh place on the franchise's all-time rushing list with 3,868 yards, which passed former Giants running back Ron Johnson (3,836). Next up is two-time Super Bowl champion Ahmad Bradshaw at 4,232 yards. Barkley's 73.0 rushing yards per game for his career is the most in Giants history.
*WR Darius Slayton caught three of four targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. The 31.7 yards per catch were the highest single-game average in Slayton's career, while his 54-yard touchdown catch was just one yard shy of his career-high (55 yards at Philadelphia in 2019). Slayton earned a 156.3 passer rating when targeted in Week 10.
*Slayton reached 20.97 mph on his touchdown catch, the fastest speed as a ball carrier in his career.
*TE Lawrence Cager came into this game with just two career receptions. He matched that number on Sunday while he found the end zone for the first time in his career. He was on the field for 45 offensive snaps.
*In his Giants debut, WR Isaiah Hodgins was on the field for 43 offensive snaps and caught two passes for 41 yards.
*LT Andrew Thomas did not allow a single pressure on 23 pass block snaps. He has yet to surrender a sack on 332 pass block snaps this season.
Download the Giants' official app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices