The New York Giants are now (2-6) after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7. There were some things that Giants improved on, mainly on the defensive side. Then there were also some problems the team still needs to work on. The odd thing about this game was that the Giants won without scoring a touchdown.
The fact that the Giants survived this game by just scoring field goals was mostly due to the fantastic job the defense did in keeping the Eagles in check. The Giants offense seemed to get stuck every time they got in position to score, and they kicked field goals as a result. The Giants have not shown an inconsistency in the red zone this season, but this game was a poor red zone performance.
As for the Giants defense in this game, they played spectacular all game. They got pressure on the Eagles quarterbacks, and that lead to turnovers and punts. The Giants had three turnovers, and Antrel Rolle intercepted Michael Vick on his first possession. Vick was later pulled in the first half with an hamstring injury, and then Matt Barkely took the helm. The Giants kept him off balance most of the time, but he still put up 158 yards.
Matt Barkley looked like an experienced NFL starter at time, and then he looked like a nervous NFL rookie. The Giants got him to fumble three times, and they forced five in the game, but only recovered one. The Giants need to be aware of lose balls, and take advantage of each one they force. Also the Giants were able to create a pass rush and had four sacks in the game.
As for the offense they were able to create some running room for Peyton Hillis. Hillis had 20 carries for 70 yards in this game. Also Eli Manning had another turnover free game, and that helped the Giants keep control of the game. They ran effectively and did not give the Eagles turnover opportunities.
The Giants were able to show improvement in some problem areas in this games. They were able to run the ball effectively against the Eagles, and did not have any turnovers. The defense forced turnovers and got pressure on the quarterback, and even had multiple sacks.
As Giants prepare to go into a bye week, they need to work on their red zone offense. They cannot afford to give up touchdown opportunities for field goals going forward. This bye week should give them time to heal some injured players and give others much needed rest. Winning two games and one game over a division rival, should give the Giants plenty of momentum going into the bye.