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Giants' strong rushing game was a secondary choice

Eli Manning looks to throw a pass during

Eli Manning looks to throw a pass during a game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Giants' offense had more net rushing yards than passing yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders, the first time that's happened in almost three full seasons. In his WFAN appearance Monday, Eli Manning said that was largely because the Oakland defense was "stubborn" in keeping two safeties back. "I was itching to throw the ball some more,'' he said, "but they were staying back there."

But maybe it's better that way? Maybe the Giants, despite having premier weapons in the passing game, are better off keeping the ball on the ground?

Tom Coughlin disputes that, even though the high-powered air attack has fizzled.

"There's going to be games where the passing game, the quarterback, the receivers, they'll step up and have the production that you're asking for going forward," Coughlin said.

Sore winners

Coughlin said Andre Brown and Jason Pierre-Paul were sore after the game. It was the first game in almost a year for Brown, who had 30 carries. Pierre-Paul left with a shoulder injury but returned and wound up with the most snaps of any Giants defensive lineman.

"He was able to make it and he'll need treatment all week long, but I think he will get better as the week goes on," Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul.

Giant steps

Steve Weatherford said Sunday's winds were the worst he's ever experienced at MetLife Stadium, adding to his difficulties punting the ball. Coughlin said the swirling winds reminded him of the old Giants Stadium but also said the punting issue needs to be addressed. "We didn't punt the ball at all," he said . . . Coughlin said he wasn't surprised that LB Keith Rivers (eight tackles) played his best game as a Giant because he had practiced so well. "To the point where I recognized, 'Holy smokes, this guy is having a good week,' " Coughlin said.

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