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Experts analyze Giants after third win

The Giants made it three straight with a win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. As they sit one game back in the loss column behind Dallas and Philadelphia for the NFC East lead, here is a taste of what the experts around the league are saying about the Giants:

"I think this says it all about the state of the NFC East: If Washington beats Philadelphia and the Giants beat quarterback-addled Green Bay Sunday, no team in the division will be over .500 after 11 weeks, and first and fourth place would be separated by one game."

Bill Pennington,

"The third consecutive victory keeps the Giants in the N.F.C. East playoff chase, and throughout the Giants' locker room Sunday night, [Andre] Brown and [Terrell] Thomas were being feted as the inspiration for a team that has not quit."

"They're also a lot more nimble and flexible on defense than they were earlier in the year. [Jon] Beason's presence, Will Hill at safety and [Terrel] Thomas' remarkable recovery from his third ACL surgery have enabled the Giants to do much more on defense. There were plays Sunday on which safety Antrel Rolle rotated into the middle linebacker position while Beason rolled out to take on a guard or a tackle. The Thomas interception, they all said, was on a play he intercepted in practice earlier in the week. They rotate "spies" on the speedy [Terrelle] Pryor in their linebacker corps, with Keith Rivers making an impact for the first time this year. Jason Pierre-Paul got a sack for just the second time in 16 games."

"Sloppy first half had them down by three to Oakland at home. Good job regrouping though. Andre Brown was a shot in the arm for one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL. Eli Manning -- 12/22, 140 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT -- still isn't right."


Jamey Eisenberg,**](

"Welcome back, Andre Brown. We've been waiting all season for you. The Giants got Brown back after he broke his leg in the preseason and was placed on short-term injured reserve. He made his debut in Week 10 against the Raiders, and he was awesome. Brown had 30 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 4 yards."

Dan Hanzus,

"The New York Giants are still alive. Andre Brown ran for 115 yards and one touchdown in his season debut, as the Giants overcame a sluggish start to post a 24-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at the Meadowlands. New York has now won three consecutive games following an 0-6 start. This won't be a game remembered for its beauty. The two teams combined for five turnovers and some truly uninspired quarterback play. But that doesn't matter for the Giants, as they keep their faint playoff hopes alive."

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