2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Giants stretch win streak to 3, beat Raiders 24-20

By TOM CANAVAN - AP Sports Writer
    2013-11-11 02:59

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - It's easy to find fault with the New York Giants' three-game winning streak.

After all, who have they beaten?

It started with Josh Freeman in his first start with the struggling Minnesota Vikings. Next came a banged up Michael Vick and his rookie replacement in a win over Philadelphia. And now after a bye week, they had to get a big interception from Terrell Thomas and a go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run by fellow comebacker Andre Brown to beat an injured Terrell Pryor and the Oakland Raiders 24-20 on Sunday.

It's not a big deal, until you take a look at the NFC East standings.

After an 0-6 start to the season, the Giants (3-6) are suddenly only 1 1/2 games behind Dallas and Philadelphia in the division, and only one back in the lost column. The Cowboys were beaten 49-17 by New Orleans and the Eagles defeated Green Bay, which was playing without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

To make things more interesting, New York faces Green Bay at MetLife Stadium next Sunday. Philadelphia will host Washington (3-6). Dallas has a bye week.

Thomas, whose 65-yard interception return gave Brown a touchdown to go along with his 115-yard rushing effort in his first game of the season, insisted the Giants aren't back in the race yet.

''We're 3-6,'' said Thomas, who missed the last two seasons with major knee injuries. "What are we, 1-2 in the division? We have some work to do. We're just happy we're playing Giants football again and we're giving ourselves the opportunity. We have a big game with Green Bay next week. We're taking it one game at a time.''

The Giants were ugly in winning this one. They gave the Raiders 17 first-half points with three turnovers, including a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tracy Porter late in the first half for a 17-14 lead.

It seemed to take the air out of the Giants, and the Raiders had a chance to take command early in the third quarter, getting a first-and goal at the New York 1. A run for no gain, an incompletion and a second incompletion after a procedure penalty forced them to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski and a 20-14 lead.

Pryor had Oakland (3-6) in position to increase the lead later in the quarter following a short punt, but Thomas read a slant pass and made the biggest play of the game for the defense, which limited Oakland to 213 yards in total offense.

Pryor could spend the flight home wondering what might have been.

''That's the easiest to say, but it's time to stop going to that,'' he said. ''We could have got it done. Easily. Even if not easily, we could have gotten it done. Mistakes, myself, punt block, things like that, on the road especially, it can come back and haunt you, and it did today.''

Five things to know after the Giants moved within 1 1/2 games of first place in the NFC East:

DEFENSE WINS TITLES: The Giants' defense did not give up a touchdown in the last two games and the only one they surrendered to the Raiders came on a two-play, 5-yard drive after Jerrel Jernigan fumbled the opening kickoff. Janikowski's first field goal came after running back Peyton Hillis fumbled at his 21. The second came after a 74-yard drive. If the unit keeps playing like this, the Giants have a chance.

EAST COAST STREAK CONTINUES: The Raiders have lost 12 straight games in the Eastern time zone since beating Pittsburgh in December 2009. They are now 0-3 against the NFC East this season, with a game at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

ELI ERRORS: Eli Manning still looks lost at times. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 140 yards and a 5-yard touchdown to Rueben Randle. He also threw his third pick six of the season before halftime, and this one was baffling. Under a little pressure he underthrew Victor Cruz in front of the Raiders' bench and Porter could have walked to the end zone for his score. It was Mannings' 16th interception.

RAIDERS DEFENSE: A week after giving up an NFL-record tying seven touchdown passes to Nick Foles of the Eagles, the Raiders defense limited the Giants to 251 yards, scored a touchdown and recovered a fumble that set up a field goal. It was a good bounce back, but not good enough. The negative was at the end of the game. The unit allowed New York to get two first downs and run out the final 3:21.

ANDRE BROWN: Can't say enough about Brown for his perseverance. After breaking his left leg in the preseason finale for the second time in nine months, he made his debut for the season and carried 30 times for 115 yards and caught a pass.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group