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Eli Manning, Post-Game, 10.17.10

<strong>Eli Manning</strong> (10) of the New York Giants passes against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Eli Manning (10) of the New York Giants passes against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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What are your thoughts on how the offense played today?

We got off to a slow start. They did a good job mixing in some new coverages, new schemes we hadn't really seen much. They were throwing a lot of guys in the box trying to stop our run game. They got good pressure early on that prevented us from sustaining some drives. We had a couple really good drives and when we got down there we scored touchdowns. Four touchdowns. We needed a touchdown there in the fourth quarter to give ourselves a little bit of breathing room. We were able to hit a big run and run it all the way down there to put us up by 11. That was good. We definitely can improve on some things and we have to fix some things, but it was a pretty good day.

How much pressure does it take off of you when you can get such production out of your running game?

When we can establish the run game it is usually just a matter of time before one of them breaks a long one. We were close on a few of them and sure enough right there at the end Ahmad (Bradshaw)... the offensive line opened up a big hole, he made the safety miss, and hit a big play. Then we put Brandon (Jacobs) in and a cornerback had an opportunity to make a tackle, he didn't want a piece of it, and we got him to run it in and get a touchdown. Both of those guys are running hard, they are doing great, and the offensive line is opening up holes and it should help our play-action and help out the passing game and eliminate some of the pass rush.

What has been the biggest difference from a 1-2 start to now having won three straight?

I think sometimes it is just finding ways to win. Today we had no turnovers offensively. That has been one of the big problems. Scoring touchdowns when we get down in the red zone is obviously huge. To get down there four times and score every time, that is what you have to do. We are not hurting ourselves; we are not making the big mistakes. We have talent to make big plays and be explosive on offense and we are going to do that with patience and wait for our opportunities and today we hit enough of them to win.

Do you feel like the offense is coming into form now?

Yeah I think so. Just kind of understanding what we have to do. Understanding that there are going to be opportunities to hit big plays and sometimes you just have to wait for them and you can't force things. You can't try to score a touchdown every play. Sometimes you have to learn when to quit the fight and take what they give you and be smart. When the opportunity comes and you have the right play and the right coverage and you have to run your route well and you have to block and everybody has to do their part to make it happen.

How difficult is it to get back to football after the injury to the Detroit player when he was carted off?

Obviously you send a prayer out to the player's family. You have to refocus yourself and understand that we have a game to win. Right after that on the first play we hit a long run with Ahmad and got ourselves a chance to score a touchdown and give ourselves a little breathing room.

Looking ahead to Monday night against the Cowboys, what is it going to take to beat them?

Well Dallas is obviously very talented. Their defense has great pass rushers, great players all around. They are going to be playing fast and it is going to be loud playing in Dallas in their stadium. Obviously their offense is explosive and can score a lot of points. We are going to come out and have a great week of preparation, keep working, and see if we can get out there and just play good football.