On a windy and rainy day at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants were able to push their winning streak to three games by beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20. A game that saw both the offensive and special teams units struggle throughout ended in a Big Blue victory and the Giants still in the hunt for the NFC East Division crown.
“We’re finding ways to win and that’s nice and obviously we’ve won three in a row but we still have to figure out some things,” Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning said about the win. “We still have to play a little bit better but we are coming together as a team and finding ways to win games in the fourth quarter and playing a little better so obviously that’s good to see.”
At times the Giants’ offense didn’t look great and has some serious work ahead of them. “We’ve got to keep working offensively,” Manning on the offenses performance said. “The defense has been playing outstanding, they’ve been playing really great. Offense, we’ve got to start being a little more consistent and having some better drives and obviously not putting them in a bind and turning the ball over.”
Turnovers again became a problem for the Giants during the game, that included two turnovers on offense. The first miscue was a fumble by running back Peyton Hillis and an interception that led to a touchdown by Manning. New York’s quarterback spoke with reporters postgame on the pick six interception he threw at the end of the first half against the Raiders.
“The guy just undercut it,” noted Manning. “I didn’t really get to step into the throw like I wanted to and he read it and made the play.”
The Giants offense though did do some good things in the game. The running game got back on track with the return of running back Andre Brown who rushed for 115 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown.
“He was running well and obviously did a good job on first and second down having him back there and he hit some big runs,” noted Manning.
The biggest thing the Giants offense needs to work on to get better moving forward will be executing better offense.
“Obviously we have to get a little bit better on third down and they had a good plan, they did some good things to slow us down,” noted Manning . “We just have to figure out how to execute a little bit better, especially in the passing game.”
The Giants will now rest up and prepare for their next opponent the Green Bay Packers and try to keep their winning streak going.