For the second week in a row, a touchdown reception by Corey Washington put the New York Giants on top, this time defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-16.
The Giants’ starting offense, meanwhile, didn’t spend much time on the field thanks to a quick and painless second drive which resulted in a 73-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings. Eli Manning attempted just two passes before the first-team offense was removed.
MVP – Rashad Jennings
It’s always pleasant when you have a running game that is appearing to be as potent as the Giants’ might just be. Jennings built upon a spectacular performance by rookie Andre Williams last week, spurning the Steelers for the 85 yards on five carries. Of course, 73 of that came on one touchdown run in the first quarter, but that type of big-play ability is what the G-Men lacked last season on offense.
LVP – Jayron Hosley
For the second week in a row, Hosley doesn’t look like a guy who’s going to survive training camp. That’s a shame because he’s a former third rounder with great potential, but he’s yet to shown any chance ever realizing that potential at the pro level. There’s only one thing Tom Coughlin hates more than fumbles and that’s stupid penalties.
He was called for two pass interference penalties against the Steelers. That’s just unacceptable.
X-Factor – Brandon Mosley
The former Auburn Tiger may have provided a nice boost to his job security when he helped open up the hole on Jennings’ 73-yard touchdown scamper. Little negative has come out of camp about Mosley’s performance, and he’s looking more and more like Chris Snee’s replacement at right guard every week.
Key Stat – 10 Penalties for 109 Yards
It’s not a positive stat but rather a concerning factor going forward. The Giants escaped this game with a tight win, but if they could limit the penalties they would have been in far better position for surefire victory.
The Giants must be a more disciplined team this season. Too often silly mistakes like untimely penalties hurt them last season and really throughout Coughlin’s tenure in New York. In a game often decided by one score or less, the G-Men must stay focused and play smart football.
What This Win Means
For the second week in a row, the Giants looked a good, quality football team. It might be the preseason, but that’s worth something.
We didn’t get to see much of the first-team offense, but what we’ve seen through two games looks a lot better than what they fielded last season. Meanwhile, the defense looks like it’s improved upon it’s good 2013 campaign. If you’re a Giants fan, you should be very excited to watch Damontre Moore’s development.
08/16 at Indianapolis Colts, 7:00 p.m.