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Notes & Stats: Giants off to best start since 2008


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Notes and statistics from the Giants' 24-16 victory against the Houston Texans in MetLife Stadium:

*The Giants improved to 7-2, their best nine-game record since they were 8-1 in 2008. They have won more than six games in a season for the first time since they were 11-5 in 2016.

*Eight of the Giants' nine games have been decided by one score (eight points or less).

*The Giants are 4-1 at home, the first time they've won more than three games in MetLife since they were 7-1 in 2016.

*The Giants are 4-0 this season against AFC teams. This is their longest winning streak in interconference games since they won seven in a row from 2010-12 and the first season in which they have won four games against AFC opponents since 2011. They are the first NFC East team to win four consecutive games against AFC teams since the 2016 Dallas Cowboys.

*The Giants rushed for 191 yards and one touchdown on 47 attempts. The 191 yards is their fourth-highest total of the season (262 vs. Chicago, 238 at Tennessee and 236 at Jacksonville). In their most recent game two weeks ago, the Giants ran for a season-low 78 yards at Seattle.

*The Giants' 47 carries were the most they've had in a game since Nov. 7, 2010, when they had 47 (for 197 yards) in a 41-7 victory in Seattle.

*For the third consecutive game, the Giants did not commit an offensive turnover. They did lose two fumbles on punt returns in Seattle two weeks ago. The Giants have had no offensive giveaways in five of their nine games this season.

*The Giants scored their second opening-possession touchdown of the season when Daniel Jones threw a nine-yard scoring pass to tight end Lawrence Cager with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter. It was the second time in three games the Giants scored on their first offensive series. On Oct. 23 in Jacksonville, Jones completed a 32-yard pass to Darius Slayton for the game's first score. That broke the Giants' 14-game streak without a first-possession touchdown.

View photos from the Giants' Week 10 win over the Houston Texans.

*Daniel Jones completed 13 of 17 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a career-high passer rating of 153.3. His previous best was 132.1 at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019.

*Jones' completion percentage of 76.5 is the third highest of his career. Each of the top three were in games this season: 85.0 at Tennessee on Sept. 11 (17 of 21) and 77.8 vs. Green Bay in London on Oct. 9 (21 of 27).

*Jones has not thrown an interception in six consecutive games and 145 straight passes, the second-longest streak of his career. From Nov. 2, 2020, to Jan. 3, 2021, Jones threw a career-best 177 consecutive passes without an interception.

*Jones threw a season-high two touchdown passes for the third time this season (also at Tennessee and vs. Baltimore).

*Jones and Slayton hooked up for a 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown on the first possession of the second half. It was the Giants' second-longest play of the season; Jones threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard on Sept. 11 at Tennessee.

*Jones also rushed for 24 yards on five carries and picked up a first down with an 11-yard run on third-and-10 with about seven minutes left in the game.

*Saquon Barkley finished with a career-high 35 carries for 152 yards, including a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The 35 carries are the most by a Giants back since Dec. 5, 1999, when Joe Montgomery had 38 (for 111 yards) in a victory against the Jets. Barkley's previous career high was 31 rushing attempts (for 146 yards) vs. Chicago on Oct. 2.

*Barkley's 152 rushing yards are his second-highest total of the season; he ran for 164 yards in the season-opening victory in Tennessee.

*Barkley's 100-yard game is his fourth of the season and 16th of his career.

*Slayton and tight end Tanner Hudson each had a team-high three receptions. Slayton led the Giants with 95 receiving yards, his highest total since he had 129 at Dallas on Oct. 22, 2020.

*Slayton's touchdown was his second of the season and 15th of his career; he scored on a 32-yard reception at Jacksonville on Oct. 23.

*The 54-yard catch was the second-longest of Slayton's four-year career. He scored a 55-yard touchdown on a throw from Eli Manning at Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2019.

*Isaiah Hodgins, claimed off waivers from Buffalo during the bye week, caught two passes for 41 yards, including a 26-yarder, in his Giants debut.

*Wan'Dale Robinson had two receptions for 20 yards but lost five yards on his first career rushing attempt.

*Cager scored his first career touchdown on his third reception in his sixth game, and second with the Giants – each as a practice squad elevation. The catch was Cager's first since he had two receptions for the Jets in his NFL debut on Oct. 27, 2020, at Indianapolis.

*Rookie safety Dane Belton intercepted a Davis Mills pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter, the Giants' second pick of the season; Julian Love had one against Baltimore on Oct. 16.

*Belton's interception was the defense's second red zone takeaway in a row. On the second play of the quarter, Leonard Williams forced a fumble by rookie running back Dameon Pierce that was recovered by Jaylon Smith.

*Mills completed 22 of 27 passes for 319 yards, the highest total by an opposing quarterback this season. Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence had the previous high total of 310 yards on Oct. 23.

*The Giants sacked Mills five times. Dexter Lawrence picked up his career and team-high fifth sack of the season.

*Safety Jason Pinnock recorded the first 1.5 sacks of his career, including a 10-yard takedown of Mills on Houston's final offensive play.

*Jihad Ward had a five-yard sack.

*Williams led the Giants with nine tackles (five solo), including a half-sack.

*Defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux started his first game as a Giant in his first appearance since the victory against Chicago on Oct. 2, when he injured his ankle. He finished with one solo tackle. Mondeaux is on the Giants' practice squad and was a game elevation for the third time, the maximum allowed in a single season. The start was the third of his three-year career. Mondeaux started two games for Pittsburgh in 2021.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson gained two yards on two returns as he temporarily replaced Richie James as the Giants' punt returner. Jackson had last returned punts on Sept. 19, 2019, for Tennessee at Jacksonville. He entered the game with an 8.8-yard career average on 53 returns, all of them from 2017-19 with the Titans. James had 15 of the Giants' 17 punt returns entering the game but lost two fumbles at Seattle on Oct. 30. However, he was re-installed as the returner when Houston punted late in the second quarter. Jackson returned on the next punt.

*A 44-yard run by Pierce set up the Texans' first score, Ka'imi Fairbairn's 38-yard field goal in the second quarter. Pierce's run was the fourth-longest vs. the Giants this season. Carolina's Christian McCaffrey (Sept. 18) and Jacksonville's Travis Etienne (Oct. 23) had 49-yarders and Dallas' Tony Pollard had a 46-yarder on Sept. 26.

*The Giants' game captains were Jones and special teamers Graham Gano (who kicked a late 49-yard field goal), Casey Kreiter and Cam Brown.

*The Giants' inactive players were tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), tackles Evan Neal (knee) and Devery Hamilton, wide receiver David Sills, inside linebacker Austin Calitro and outside linebacker Quincy Roche.


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