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Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

12/7/2014



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 36-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday at LP Field:

What it means: The Giants have won a game. I repeat, the Giants have won a game. It doesn't mean much in the grand scheme, as they long ago were eliminated from playoff contention. But for the first time since Oct. 5, the Giants scored more points than their opponent scored in a game. The victory breaks a seven-game losing streak as the Giants improve to 4-9, keeping alive their chances of matching last season's 7-9 record.

Stock watch: Andre Williams -- up. With starting running back Rashad Jennings slowed by an ankle injury, rookie Williams started and ran for 131 yards on 24 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He also caught three passes for 16 yards. The Giants needed Williams to be able to take advantage of the league's 32nd-ranked run defense in order to build on their early lead, and he was up to the task.

Fat-guy touchdown! Last week, the Giants lost because the Jaguars recovered two second-half fumbles for touchdowns. This week, it was the Giants' turn, as defensive tackle Markus Kuhn picked up a Titans fumble and rumbled 27 yards with it for a touchdown to put the Giants up 17-0 in the first half. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the 303-pound Kuhn became the fourth player weighing at least 300 pounds to score a touchdown in the NFL this season.

Game ball: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. put on a show in a first half in which the Giants seemed determined to run their offense through him. Beckham had nine catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in the first half and finished the game with 130 yards on 11 catches. It's his sixth straight game with at least 90 receiving yards, and no one else in the NFL had a streak longer than two such games entering play Sunday.

What's next: Four the third week in a row, the Giants will play a team with a worse record than theirs. They host 3-10 Washington at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium next Sunday.