Giants leave no doubt as they continue all-business approach

Giants leave no doubt as they continue all-business approach

This might have gone in another way. This might have gone sideways. The Giants had 14 days to stew about their final recreation, a disappointing displaying in Seattle. In the course of the bye week they’d misplaced a necessary a part of their emotional DNA when security Xavier McKinney had an ATV accident. 

And the opponent … effectively, you’re not human should you don’t discover they aren’t superb. 

All of this stuff may have been in play on a windy day at MetLife Stadium, the primary day once you needed to admit to your self that autumn had lastly arrived, that winter is unquestionably on deck. All of this stuff may have conspired to sabotage the Giants, to impair their grinding journey towards the playoffs. All of this stuff may’ve been like stepping on a hidden mousetrap. 

None of these issues occurred. The Giants began the sport as effectively as you’ll be able to: three-and-out on protection, landing on offense. The remainder of the sport might have been a grim slog, and it could even have been arduous for the Giants to maintain their residence viewers the entire manner for the reason that different 1 o’clock TV recreation in market was the extraordinary Payments-Vikings recreation. 

The Giants didn’t care. They took care of enterprise. They beat the 1-7-1 Texans 24-16, they improved to 7-2 and so they made certain there could be little thriller to the proceedings by main wire-to-wire for the primary time all 12 months. 

“We did a variety of issues effectively,” Giants coach Brian Daboll stated. “Guys performed arduous, performed bodily, we had some well timed turnovers. It was a very good group win.” 

Brian Daboll reacts after the Giants’ win over the Texans. Invoice Kostroun/New York Put up

Daboll had some further motivation since his youngest daughter, Avery, was celebrating a birthday and had requested as her current a victorious recreation ball. 

“Discuss strain,” he stated. 

The Giants’ motivation got here in merely taking part in a pitch-perfect recreation, which is what they did. Daniel Jones achieved the best passer score of his profession — 153.3 — and he did that by finishing 13 of his 17 passes (two for touchdowns) and turning round handy the ball off 42 occasions. Thirty-five of these hand-offs went into the ultra-reliable fingers of Saquon Barkley, who work-horsed his option to 152 yards and a landing. 

“It was enjoyable,” Jones stated of his afternoon. “To observe the fellows upfront, they did an awesome job, managed the road of scrimmage. We had an awesome plan coming in, and Saquon did an awesome job working it.” 

Daboll blanched a little bit bit when somebody provided up the phrase “conservative” to explain the sport plan he put collectively for Houston. 

“We tried to do what we thought we may do,” Daboll stated. “Every week we do what we predict we have to do for that individual recreation. If it’s 60 passes, it’s 60 passes. I wouldn’t give it a label, we simply do the very best we will to formulate a plan.” 

Daniel Jones fingers the ball off to Saquon Barkley in the course of the fourth quarter. Charles Wenzelberg / New York Put up

The reality is, it was precisely what the Giants wanted to do in opposition to a Texans group that’s each bit the reflection of their file. The Giants have been ok to overwhelm them on the defensive aspect of the ball, robust sufficient to overpower them on offense. So why threat errors, on both aspect, that will permit the Texans to remain within the recreation? 

So if it was a vanilla plan … effectively, vanilla may also be scrumptious, no? 

“We’ve obtained a variety of gamers with chips on their shoulders,” Giants defensive finish Kayvon Thibodeaux stated. “Now we have a variety of gamers who wish to play with their backs to the partitions.” 

They’re additionally an fascinating mixture of veterans who’ve recognized nothing however failure with the Giants and newcomers who know nothing however success throughout this season’s first 9 video games. However even in tasting success they understand how fragile it’s. 

This was the primary recreation by which they didn’t path sooner or later. And though there wasn’t one second after Jones discovered Lawrence Cager for the landing that gave them a 7-0 lead that the Giants felt in any peril of dropping, this wound up one more one-score victory — identical as all six of those that got here earlier than. 

Cager, the ex-Jet, represents one other factor of the Giants that has turn into a supply of actual power: guys who seize alternatives when given them. Isaiah Hodgins, a latest pickup from Buffalo, was one other (two catches, 41 yards), as was Dane Belton, subbing for McKinney, who picked off Houston quarterback Davis Mills — snuffing the Texans’ final official hope of a miracle. 

The Giants? They want no miracles. They present up each week and so they compete. Not each week will advantage preservation by the historic society. At 7-2, there isn’t a soul clad in blue who cares about that. Not even a little bit.

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