The Giants made it four straight with a 27-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. As they climb back into the NFC East race with a home game against the 5-5 Dallas Cowboys next on the schedule, here is a taste of what they're saying around the league about Big Blue:
"Defensive Players of the Week: Jason Pierre-Paul. Playing with a shoulder injury that required him to wear a harness restricting his movement, Pierre-Paul first predicted the play and then made it. He picked off Green Bay quarterback Scott Tolzien with two hands and ran 24 yards for the touchdown that clinched the Giants' 27-13 win over the Packers. "All I said was, 'I'm going to pick this off and run it to the house," he said. Call him Soothsayer of the Week too."
"Justin Tuck was through expressing his wide-eyed wonderment at the podium, through confirming that Jason Pierre-Paul had indeed called his own home run, Babe Ruth style, when he stopped on his way out of the ballpark to field the most relevant question of the day. Could JPP's resurgence actually carry the New York Giants to the playoffs like Tuck's return from the near-dead carried them there two years back?"
"The Giants (4-6) are now in the thick of it in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles lead the division at 6-5. The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) visit the Giants on Sunday; Dallas beat New York 36-31 in Week 1. During their 4-0 run, the Giants have made the most of not having to face frontline quarterbacks."
"The Giants are, improbably, getting back into the playoff hunt. They've now won four straight games and are kind of creeping out there. Andre Brown really boosts their rushing game and Eli Manning's been making less mistakes during this stretch than early in the season."
"While the Giants might be getting ahead of themselves — they would still be under .500 with a victory over Dallas — there is no doubt about the turnaround in the season. A once-moribund team has become a feisty unit led by a dominating defense. Yes, the Giants' last four opponents have not represented the elite of the N.F.L. — Green Bay was starting its third-string quarterback — but the Giants have been conspicuously led by the very stars who were struggling during the team's winless start."