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Giants grades: Tom Coughlin and coaching staff get an A

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts during a

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin reacts during a game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

OFFENSE

B They missed some early opportunities to score but moved the ball more gracefully than they have in recent memory, with Rashad Jennings running behind a suddenly unstoppable offensive line and Eli Manning completing 21 of 28 passes for 234 yards. Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Larry Donnell each had at least six targets in the passing game and each caught at least five passes.

DEFENSE

B+ After zero takeaways in the first two games, the Giants had three interceptions and forced a turnover on downs early in the third quarter. The pass rush was all over Ryan Fitzpatrick, sacking him twice and flushing him several other times. They let up some big plays -- two passes and a run of at least 40 yards -- but were able to get off the field by stopping the first 10 of the Texans' third-down conversions (they finished 2-for-12).

SPECIAL TEAMSC It started out miserably as the Giants fell for a fake punt in the first quarter and missed out on a field goal when Zak DeOssie skidded the snap in the second quarter. It seemed like a sure F for the unit for a second straight week, but Damontre Moore's blocked punt and Donnell's clean recovery of an onside kick in the fourth quarter salvaged the passing grade. Josh Brown kicked his first three field goals of the season and hobbled Steve Weatherford put all four of his punts inside the 20.

COACHING A It started with Tom Coughlin keeping the mood light during the week, something the players said helped them tremendously. Even when things weren't going well early, Coughlin remained positive. A successful challenge by Coughlin forced a Texans punt that was blocked when the team used pass rushers Moore and Jason Pierre-Paul to attack the play from the outside.

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