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What we learned from the Giants' win

The Giants got their first win of the season, beating the Rams, 28-16, Monday night.

What we learned from the Giants' win

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been sacked seven times in two games. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been sacked seven times in two games. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

The Giants got their first win of the season, beating the Rams, 28-16, Monday night.

New York is now tied with the Eagles and Cowboys at 1-1 in the division. The Redskins sit atop the NFC East with a 2-0 record.

Here's an early look at what you need to know as we prepare for the start of Giants week:

OFFENSIVELY

+ Eli Manning struggled early, completing just 2 of his first 11 passes, but rebounded to finish 18-for-29 for 200 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Former Eagle Quintin Mikell did an outstanding job of reading the Giants' quarterback, leaping in front of Mario Manningham and snatching the ball in the first quarter. Manning has had a pedestrian start to the season, completing less than 60 percent of his passes with a pair of TDs and a pair of interceptions.

+ The bigger question mark right now though is probably the Giants' wide receivers. Hakeem Nicks, a touchdown-scoring machine, is banged-up, but he played last night (3 catches, 15 yards and a TD). Manningham suffered a concussion, and his status for Sunday is unknown. Domenik Hixon was injured yesterday too, but could return for Week 3. Against St. Louis, no wide receiver had more than three catches or 56 yards. That's good news for an Eagles secondary that limited Falcons wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones to a combined five catches for 52 yards.

+ On the ground, the Giants averaged just 3.1 yards per carry. Ahmad Bradshaw (15 carries, 59 yards) and Brandon Jacobs (16 carries, 50 yards) split the workload. Neither had a carry of more than 15 yards. That was the case in Week 1 against the Redskins too. Bradshaw's longest carry in that game was 7 yards; Jacobs' was 14.

+ The Giants are 6-for-25 on third down this season. They went 1-for-10 against the Redskins and improved with a 5-for-15 showing against Washington.

+ Manning was sacked three times against the Rams and four times the week before against the Redskins. In 2010, he was sacked just 16 times in 16 games.

DEFENSIVELY

+ This unit's been decimated by injuries, but the Giants' defense helped the offense out with a Michael Boley 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He celebrated by chucking the ball at a Giants video intern, according to NJ.com. The video is embedded below.

+ New York limited the Rams to 3.1 yards per carry (without Steven Jackson). The Redskins averaged just 2.8 yards per carry in Week 1.

+ Through two games, Giants opponents have gone 10-for-31 on third down. Last night, the Rams converted just one four red zone opportunities.

+ But New York has issues in the secondary. Cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara are out with injuries, and as Mike Garafolo of NJ.com notes, cornerback Aaron Ross was pulled last night in favor of reserve Michael Coe. Sam Bradford threw for 331 yards and completed five passes of 20 yards or more.

+ The Giants finished with two sacks, but had nine quarterback hits. In Week 1, New York had four sacks and seven quarterback hits. Jason Pierre-Paul has 2.5 sacks, and Justin Tuck has 1.5.


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