Rueben Randle's TD dance looked a little familiar, no?
It's been a while since any Giants receiver has done the salsa, the trademark celebration of Victor Cruz. But when Randle found the end zone on an 11-yard pass from Eli Manning in the second quarter, he broke out his Latin moves as a tribute to his teammate. "I did a little salsa for my man," Randle said. "A little tribute to him. I know it was a tough week for him; he wanted to get back this week. So I felt like it was necessary."
Randle said he didn't tell Cruz he would do that, calling it a "surprise" for him. As for whether he'll continue to salsa after touchdowns, Randle said: "I have to do a little practicing before I keep going with that. But we'll see. Hopefully he'll be back soon enough where he can do it for himself."
Is it time to take the Giants' run defense seriously?
Maybe. For the second week in a row, they faced an opponent with the top rushing offense in the league. They held Washington to 88 yards last week and limited Buffalo to 55 yards on 24 attempts (2.3 yards per carry) on Sunday. "We just lined up against the number one rushing offense two weeks in a row and were pretty stingy," linebacker Jon Beason said. "We'll see what happens. You don't want to get ahead of yourself. Don't believe the hype." Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins hopes people don't start lauding the unit. "I like being the underdog," he said. "It makes you bring a little extra oomph to it."
Speaking of running, weren't the Giants not supposed to be able to do that against the Bills' defensive front?
"Three weeks into the season being number one, it don't last long," Andre Williams said of the league's top-ranked run defense coming into the game. "We didn't let the stats and the talk deter us from what we want." The Giants finished with 92 rushing yards on 28 carries (3.3 per attempt), including two Eli Manning kneel-downs.
Ereck Flowers was able to play?
The rookie left tackle started the game but had to come off the field after the first snap when he had his injured ankle rolled up. He missed most of the plays on the first two series but returned and completed the game. "He's a tough kid," Tom Coughlin said. "I respect the heck out of that kid."
How many passes did Manning throw before his first INT of the season?
His 35 in this game gave him 142 before his final throw of the game was picked off at the goal line by Stephon Gilmore. That's shy of Fran Tarkenton's 163 passes without an interception to start a season, the franchise record. It also ended what became the second-longest streak of Manning's career without an interception. He went 176 straight passes last season. "I'm not happy about the interception," he said. "I was going into double coverage [for Randle] and usually throwing the slant is pretty safe, but he drove on it and it was a tough situation."
Any other injuries?
Linebacker Devon Kennard left the game with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter. Cornerback Jayron Hosley was evaluated for a concussion, which could be his second of the season.