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Instant Analysis: Colts 40, Giants 24

AT FIRST GLANCE
Coming off their bye week, the New York Giants (3-5) fell at home to the Indianapolis Colts 40-24 for their third straight loss of the season.

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WHAT'S NEXT
Big Blue travels in Week 10 to face the Seattle Seahawks (5-3) at CenturyLink Field.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
The Colts proved that the 51 points and 639 yards given up last week to the Pittsburgh Steelers were aberrations, limiting the Giants to 24 points and 421 yards on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. Struggling early on to gain anything on the ground, the Giants never found a rhythm as Eli Manning completed 27 of 52 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, a large part of which came late with the game out of reach. One of the few sparks came early in the third quarter thanks to a pair of rookies. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. pulled in a 59-yard catch-and-run, setting up a touchdown from running back Andre Williams to cut the deficit to 23-10 at the time. However, after Indianapolis responded with a touchdown on the ensuing possession, the Giants lost a fumble on their next drive to fall further behind.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

While bending but not breaking for most of the first half, the Giants eventually allowed too many big plays on Monday night in giving up their highest point total of the season. Matters became worse when starting cornerback Prince Amukamara left in the second quarter with a bicep injury, which was later found out to be torn. The Giants did register 11 quarterback hits and one sack, but that didn't stop Colts quarterback Andrew Luck from throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS
After showing promise in the Cowboys game, the Giants couldn't get anything going in the return game against the Colts. Meanwhile, Josh Brown made his first field goal attempt since Week 5, knocking a 38-yarder through the uprights in the second quarter.

INACTIVES

Giants: RB Rashad Jennings, CB Mike Harris, T Charles Brown, DE Kerry Wynn, T James Brewer, G Brandon Mosley, DT Cullen Jenkins. Colts: CB Jalil Brown, LB Josh McNary, C/G Khaled Holmes, T Jamon Meredith, DT Kelcy Quarles, LB Eric Walden, DT Arthur Jones.

LINEUP CHANGES
Giants: Andre Williams for Jennings at RB; DT Mike Patterson for Cullen Jenkins at LDT; Devon Kennard for Mark Herzlich at SLB. Colts: Ricky Jean Francois for Jones at DT; Andy Studebaker for Walden at SLB.

GIANTS INJURY REPORT
Cornerback Prince Amukamara was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a bicep injury. Starting left guard Weston Richburg suffered an ankle injury late in the third quarter and did not return.

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