When the Giants needed a big play, Rashad Jennings stepped up and delivered. The running numbers (92 yards overall) weren't gaudy, but the team was effective moving the ball on the ground at times against the burly Bills d-linemen and Eli Manning was sacked just once (by a blitzing safety). Manning's connection with Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't firing, so he went to others with effectiveness. He did throw his first interception of the season, though.
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Aclassic goal-line stand could become the defining moment for this unit as it works to find an identity without an identifiable star. They allowed the Bills to convert only three of 16 third downs, bottled up rookie running back Karlos Williams (40 yards) and generally contained multi-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor (six rushes, 15 yards). Devon Kennard made an athletic interception and Prince Amukamara and Landon Collins combined for a key forced fumble that sealed the win.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
The Bills' first field goal can be traced to three special- teams warts by the Giants: A bad kickoff by Josh Brown, a poor decision to not fair catch a punt at the 10-yard line by Dwayne Harris and a short punt by Brad Wing form his own end zone. Brown also missed an extra point, doinking a 38-yard attempt off the upright. But Brown did kick a 47-yard field goal and rebounded for a deep kickoff late in the game when the Giants needed a touchback. Wing put four of his eight punts inside the 20.
The belief that the team could dig out of an 0-2 hole came directly from the top and Tom Coughlin. Given the roster he has, if the Giants can be contenders this season it might be his best coaching job yet. There still are plenty of details that need to be worked out, though, such as offensive play-calling (the Manning interception; a draw on third-and-8 near midfield) and those delay-of-game flags.