EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley continued to set the pace for the much-improved Giants in their 24-16 victory against the Houston Texans on Sunday. With their two most important offensive players again having productive games, the Giants improved to 7-2 as they prepare to play two games in five days – Sunday at home against the Detroit Lions and Thanksgiving Day in Dallas.
Jones posted a career-high 153.3 passer rating by completing 13 of 17 throws for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the highest rating by a player with more than one attempt in an NFL game this season.
The 153.3 is also the fifth-highest rating by a Giants quarterback in a game with 15+ pass attempts since the rating system was implemented in 1973. The last Giants quarterback with at least 15 attempts and a rating of 153.3 or higher was Eli Manning vs. Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, 2018 (155.8).
Jones' season-long passer rating of 92.7 is easily the highest of his career. He finished his rookie season in 2019 with an 87.7 rating.
Jones has four games this season with a rating of at least 100.2. He is the first Giants quarterback with at least four 100+ passer rating games with 15+ attempts in a season since … Jones, in his rookie season.
*Jones has posted his three highest single-game pass completion percentages in the Giants' first nine games – 85.0 at Tennessee, 77.8 vs. Green Bay and 76.5 on Sunday. He also completed 70.4% of his passes vs. Baltimore on Oct. 16.
Jones is one of four quarterbacks with three games this season in which they completed at least 76% of their passes (minimum 15 attempts). Seattle's Geno Smith has four such games and Cleveland's Jacoby Brissett, Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence and Jones each have three.
Jones has not thrown an interception since the Giants' final offensive play in the loss to Dallas on Sept. 26. He has played six games and thrown 145 passes without one finding its way into an opponent's hands. Jones' 145 passes without an interception is the longest active streak in the NFL. Tom Brady's streak ended at 399 passes in a row Sunday in Munich against the Seattle Seahawks.
Thirty-five quarterbacks have thrown enough passes to qualify for the NFL's weekly statistical report. Jones and Brady are tied for the fewest interceptions thrown with two.
*The Giants are 14-11 when Jones starts and is not intercepted. They are 5-16 when he does throw an interception.
*Barkley continues to be a strong contender for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He leads the NFL with 931 rushing yards, eight more than Tennessee's Derrick Henry. Barkley needs 69 yards to become the fourth Giants player with at least three 1,000-yard seasons. Tiki Barber had six, Rodney Hampton five and Joe Morris three.
*Barkley's 931 rushing yards are the second-highest nine-game total in franchise history and his 1,128 scrimmage yards are the fourth most through nine games:
Most Rush Yards / First 9 Team Games
- 2006: Tiki Barber - 971
- 2022: Saquon Barkley - 931
- 2004: Tiki Barber - 928
- 1986: Joe Morris - 880
- 2005: Tiki Barber - 855
Most Scrimmage Yards / First 9 Team Games
- 2004: Tiki Barber - 1,391
- 2006: Tiki Barber - 1,269
- 1970: Ron Johnson - 1,158
- 2022: Saquon Barkley - 1,128
- 2005: Tiki Barber - 1,118
*In the victory against Houston on Sunday, Barkley rushed for 152 yards, his second-highest total of the season (164 at Tennessee on Sept. 11). Since he was drafted in 2018, there have been 11 instances in which a player had multiple 150+ yard rushing games in a season. Barkley is the only player with two such games this season.
*The Giants have had a 150-yard rusher in 35 games in their history. Barber has the most with eight, followed by four by Barkley and Morris.
*Barkley has six games this season with more than 100 scrimmage yards. That places him in a seven-way tie for the NFL's second-highest total, behind Cleveland's Nick Chubb (seven).
*Barkley has an NFL-high 227 scrimmage touches (198 rushing yards and 29 catches, both team-leading figures). Henry is second with 218.
*Barkley's 152 rushing yards increased his career total to 3,868. He passed Ron Johnson (3,836) and moved into seventh place on the Giants' career list; Ahmad Bradshaw is sixth with 4,232 yards.
*Barkley's 100-yard rushing game was the 16th of his career. That leaves him in fourth place on the Giants' all-time list, one behind No. 3 Hampton. The Giants are 9-7 when Barkley rushes for at least 100 yards.
*Barkley scored his 25th rushing touchdown vs. Houston. That is the 11th-highest total in franchise history, one behind No. 10 Bill Paschal.
View photos from the Giants' Week 10 win over the Houston Texans.
*Lawrence Cager became the second Giants player this season to score a touchdown on his first reception with the team. The first was fellow tight end Daniel Bellinger against Carolina on Sept. 18.
*Isaiah Hodgins and Cager became the 42nd and 43rd players to catch a regular season pass from Jones. Cager is the 18th to catch a touchdown pass. Darius Slayton has caught 11 of Jones' 53 touchdown passes, the highest total by any player.
*Safety Dane Belton recorded his first career interception Sunday. Belton, who has also recovered two fumbles, is one of three NFL rookies with an interception and multiple opponent fumble recoveries this season. The others are Jacksonville linebacker Devin Lloyd and Seattle cornerback Tariq Woolen.
*The Giants play five of their final eight games against NFC East opponents, including four in a row beginning with their game against the Cowboys next week. The four NFC East teams are a combined 26-11, a .703 winning percentage that is the highest by a division through Week 10 since the 1970 merger. The previous high was a .681 winning percentage (24-11-1), also by the NFC East, in 2016.
*For the first time, each of the Giants' first seven victories have all been outside the NFC East. They are the second team in as many seasons to earn each of its first seven victories in non-division games; the Baltimore Ravens did it last year.
*The Giants are averaging 4.8 yards on their 310 rushing attempts. If they maintain that figure through the end of the season, they will finish with their highest average since posting a franchise-record 5.0 in 2008.
The Giants' average places them 10th in the NFL. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, NFL teams are averaging 4.54 yards per rushing attempt. That is on pace to be the highest in a single season in NFL history. The current high is 4.42 in 2018.
*The Giants continue to be a strong second half and fourth quarter team. Their plus-35 scoring differential after halftime is the NFL's third highest. Their plus-22 differential in the final quarter ranks fifth.
*The Giants are 7-2 with a scoring differential of plus-14 (187-173). They are the first team to be at least five games over .500 with a scoring differential of +14 or less through nine games of a season since the 2020 Buffalo Bills, who were 7-2 with a plus-9 differential. Brian Daboll, of course, was the offensive coordinator of that team.
*Each of the Giants' seven victories has been by no more than eight points. They are the first team to have each of its first seven triumphs in a season decided by one score since…2021, when Pittsburgh and Atlanta had each of their first seven wins decided by eight or fewer points. The Minnesota Vikings opened the season with a 23-7 victory against Green Bay and a loss to Philadelphia. They have since won seven consecutive games, all by eight points or less.
*Eight of the Giants' nine games have been decided by one score. That ties them with the Denver Broncos for the most such games in the NFL this season. In 2020, the Giants played 10 games decided by eight or fewer points (they were 5-5).
*The Giants scored a touchdown on their first possession of each half Sunday against Houston, the first time they did that since Nov. 15, 2020, in a 27-17 victory against Philadelphia.
*The Giants have exceeded 30 minutes in time of possession in six consecutive games and in seven games overall this season. This is the first time they have had more than 30 minutes of possession time in six straight games since Oct. 7-Nov. 18, 2007. They are one of five teams to have seven such games this season, joining Cincinnati, Green Bay, Arizona and Washington.
*The Giants have also converted six or more third down opportunities in six consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 26-Nov. 30, 2008.
*The Giants are 7-0 when they have at least 30 rushing attempts, 0-2 when they don't.
*The Giants' two longest active starting streaks ended Sunday: linebacker Tae Crowder at 27 consecutive starts and safety Xavier McKinney at 23 (due to injury). Left tackle Andrew Thomas and Barkley are now tied for the longest streak with 17 starts in a row.
*The all-important coin toss notes: The visiting team has called tails in all nine Giants games this season. The game against Houston was the sixth time the coin came up heads. The team winning the coin toss is 4-5 in Giants games. The Giants are 4-2 when they win the toss, 3-0 when they lose it.
*Thanks to a freaky defensive touchdown on the game's last play, the Washington Commanders passed the 30-point threshold in their 32-21 victory last night in Philadelphia. That ended Washington's streak of games without scoring at least 30 points at 21 in a row.
The Commanders had the NFL's second-longest active streak – behind the Giants' 37 in a row. Pittsburgh takes over the No. 2 spot at 16 in a row.
The Giants last scored at least 30 points in a 37-34 loss at Dallas on Oct. 11, 2020. Their last 30-point performance in a victory was a 41-35 overtime triumph at Washington on Dec. 22, 2019.