The New York Giants are winners of two straight, emerging from London with an ugly 17-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. They overcame a slow start and some disjointed play from the offense to improve to 4-3.
Down 10-0 after the first quarter, the Giants rattled off 17 unanswered points, a Rashad Jennings 1-yard dive giving them the lead with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter. It was the only time that the Giants offense would make it into the end zone against the Rams.
It was the defense, however, that stepped up and carried the team.
A Landon Collins pick six, one of four interceptions thrown by Casey Keenum in the game, made it a 10-10 scoreline in the second quarter. The 44-yard interception return was the catalyst for the Giants on a day where the offense struggled to move the ball. Collins intercepted Keenum twice in the game.
The Rams pieced together a 60-yard drive but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made his second interception of the game, both in the fourth quarter, icing the game for the Giants.
Quarterback Eli Manning completed 24-of-37 passes for 196 yards.
Three things we learned from the Giants in Week 7:
Good as Gould
Signed this weekend with the Giants needing to replace Josh Brown for rather obvious reasons, kicker Robbie Gould did what he was supposed to do, making a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter and two extra points. He didn’t necessarily show a strong leg on kickoffs, perhaps his only weakness, but he seemed wholly adequate and capable if and should the Giants need a kicker long-term.
Getting a rush
The Giants front four has come alive with two sacks last week and three this week, a sign perhaps that the unit is now able to generate some pressure.
Consider Damon Harrison’s bull rush in the fourth quarter, a 12-yard sack of Keenum, a rare showing from the interior linemen this season. The Giants pass rush, supposed to be this vaunted group that was pegged in preseason to be among the most dominant in the league, came into the game with just six sacks. Now they’ve gotten to the passer five times over the past two games.
Grounded to a halt
For a second straight week the Giants ground game has struggled, part of an offense that was pretty bad on the day. Yes, Rashad Jennings had a 1-yard touchdown dive in the fourth quarter but he had just 25 yards rushing on 13 carries. That led the Giants ground game.
The lack of push from the offensive line and few holes for Jennings contributed to the paltry numbers, but the Giants running backs rushed the ball 18 times. Not exactly a commitment to the rushing attack.