Could the Giants protect Eli Manning from the Buffalo Bills' aggressive defense? Could the Giants run defense step up and defend the Bills' potent rushing attack? Should they even attempt to run the ball themselves?
Through the first half, the answer to all these questions has been a resounding "Yes".
Despite heavy pressure from the Buffalo Bills defense, Eli Manning has been kept clean. With time in the pocket, Eli has completed 13 of 22 passes for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile Andre Williams has 31 yards on 7 carries (4.4 yards per carry) while Rashad Jennings has 24 yards on 4 carries (6.0 ypc).
On defense, the Giants have held Tyrod Taylor to 36 yards, while completing 6 of 10 passes, and a tremendous interception by Devon Kennard. Rookie running back Karlos Williams has racked up 40 yards on 11 carries (3.6 ypc).
Despite missing an extra point after being bailed out following a bad snap, the Giants special teams have been solid, limiting Marcus Thigpen to 3.3 yards per punt return.
The Giants saw slot receiver and special teams ace Dwayne Harris go back to the locker room early after a hard hit. His return is listed as probable, but his status will bear watching, as will the uncharacteristic disconnect between Manning and Odell Beckham