Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

November, 17, 2013
11/17/13
7:15
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 27-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers:

What it means: The Giants are now on a four-game winning streak after starting the season 0-6. They sit a game and a half behind the NFC East-leading Eagles, who they don't play again, and one game behind the second-place Cowboys, who come to town next week. Whatever you think of the level of competition they have faced during the streak, or how shaky Eli Manning still looks, the math puts them in a position to make a run for the postseason if they can play better than they have so far.

Stock watch: Jason Pierre-Paul, UP. After Pierre-Paul suffered a shoulder injury in last Sunday's game and missed two days of practice, there was some doubt as to whether he'd play in this game. Play he did, about two-thirds of the Giants' defensive snaps, and it was his leaping interception and return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Giants ahead by two touchdowns and finally put the game away after the Packers had cut down the lead.

Points: Wide receiver Victor Cruz was the offensive star of the game with eight catches (including some acrobatic ones) for 110 yards, though Rueben Randle caught the touchdown pass to raise his team-leading total to six for the season. Andre Brown looked good running the ball, especially in the first half, but Brandon Jacobs stole the rushing touchdown from him. Jacobs also picked up two short fourth-down conversions. All in all, the offense looks better. And though Pierre-Paul provided some of his own, the Giants' 27 points represented their highest single-game total since Week 1.

What's next: The Giants host the 5-5 Cowboys next Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys had a bye this week and are hoping to be healthier on defense when they return from it, but star middle linebacker Sean Lee is likely to miss the game due to his hamstring injury. The Cowboys beat the Giants 36-31 in the regular-season opener in Dallas.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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