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Over the last two games, though, the Giants have scored 75 points. They have won two games in convincing fashion by a combined score of 75-31. They have looked like a juggernaut on offense, racking up 868 total yards. Eli Manning has completed 49-of-67 passes (73.1 percent) with six touchdowns and one interception. The defense has forced nine takeaways after getting none the first two weeks.
No one saw this type of dominance coming from the Giants. And no one is saying that a 2-2 team is guaranteed of a playoff spot, a special season or anything even remotely close to that. The Giants, though, are in the hunt a quarter of a way through the NFL season.
Perhaps we really should not be surprised. The Coughlin-led Giants have always done their best work when everyone else expected the least from them.
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The truth is, there has always been a simple formula for the success of the Giants’ offense, ever since Manning really arrived as a star late in the 2007 season:
Give Manning time to throw the football, and more often than not he’ll put on a show.
"We know he can pass the ball," said left tackle Will Beatty. "We give him a pocket, he’s going to show off. So it’s our job as an O-line to give him that space to work and he’s going make the plays."
Why you should believe in these Giants | New York Post
The Giants have turned NFL opinions about them upside down and inside out. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why they are suddenly in play and have a chance to make some good old-fashioned noise and be a legitimate contender again:
Giants’ Former Pro Bowler Leads a High School Powerhouse - NYTimes.com
Antonio Pierce, a captain for the 2008 Super Bowl champion Giants, has taken over as head coach at Long Beach Polytechnic High, a dominant program in Southern California.
Giants’ Offensive Evolution Continues in a 2-Win Week - NYTimes.com
On a team that appears to be suddenly dominant offensively, Eli Manning scored a rare rushing touchdown in a stampede of the Washington Redskins.
Hey, Seahawks! NY Giants' secondary is blossoming - NY Daily News
They started the summer woofing like the Legion of Boom, claiming that they could be just as good (no, better) than the Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted defensive backfield. And these days, the Giants are playing a lot like the Legion of Boom, too.
Manning throws short in big win - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Manning excelled on short throws, completing 20 of 27 passes that were 10 or fewer yards downfield, including all four touchdowns. In four games, Manning already has nine touchdown passes on short throws this season, more than than he had all of last season. Throw in his rushing touchdown, and Eli Manning had his best-ever game from a fantasy perspective, with 32 points in ESPN standard scoring.
Giants to the playoffs? Mathias Kiwanuka says the talent 'to go all the way' is there | NJ.com
Kiwanuka pegged Thursday's win as a potential turning point