Believe it or not, the first quarter of the Giants' season is in the books.
As they prepare for a second quarter that features the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys and Saints, the Giants find themselves back to even in the win-loss column and in the thick of the NFC East race. After dropping their first two games, they have won two in a row over the Redskins and Bills while the division remained wide open.
Through four weeks, the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all stand at 2-2 with the Eagles trailing at 1-3.
With that in mind, here's a taste of what experts around the NFL are saying about Big Blue:
"There was a lot of talk out of the New York Giants' locker room on Sunday about how it's time for the team's defense to start getting credit. The Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the league this weekend in their 24-10 victory at Buffalo, and it came against a Bills team that had scored 27 or more in its first three games."
"A team's effort is a reflection of its coach, and the New York Giants out-efforted the Buffalo Bills in every way Sunday for a 24-10 victory. From Devon Kennard's interception to the fourth-quarter goal-line stand to Rashad Jennings' stiff-arm on the game-sealing touchdown run to the consistently tough play of Kerry Wynn in run defense, Tom Coughlin's Giants played a tough, intense, clean game. They took advantage of an undisciplined Bills team that couldn't get a first down or stop committing penalties for much of the day. They made the plays they needed to make on both sides of the ball. For the second week in a row, they looked like a team simply better prepared and more fired up to play than its opponent."
"Naturally, after the Giants blew late leads against the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons to start the season 0-2, Coughlin tuned out the noise and showed up to work the following Monday with a firm message for his players: You need to step up your games, especially in the moments that matter most."
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"They played in a rage, they played smart, they played together. They played relentlessly over 60 minutes, they played with the kind of pride Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson and Michael Strahan would recognize in a heartbeat. They were Giants when it mattered: A classic Steve Spagnuolo goal-line stand early in the fourth quarter, and then Eli Manning and Rashad Jennings were Giants when it mattered with a 51-yard catch-and-run touchdown on which he broke three tackles that finished — yes, finished — the Bills. The final was Giants 24, Bills 10, and it means this division is officially up for grabs, and the Giants are grabbing for it."
"The craziest thing about the Giants this season is that if they knew how to manage the clock, there's a good chance they'd be 4-0 right now. Eli Manning is quietly having a good season and that continued against Buffalo with 212 yards and 3 touchdown passes."
"Jennings's touchdown was the score that finally buried the Bills, but for most of the game the Giants played with the resolve of a team accustomed to winning in difficult settings rather than one that had endured consecutive losing seasons."