Zak DeOssie palmed the football and wouldn’t let go. He walked over to the officials to confirm that it really was a fumble and that the Giants really had just recovered the ball on the Vikings’ 3-yard line. For a team this unaccustomed to having a break go their way the whole process – capitalizing on an opponent’s mistake finding momentum energizing the sideline – seemed foreign. As the booth reviewed he kept his hands on his hips and paced nervously. Could things finally be going their way? Two plays later Peyton Hillis spilled into the end zone to put the Giants ahead by 10 points in the third quarter their largest lead of the season. In an 23-7 win over the hapless Vikings the slightly-less hapless Giants (1-6) cracked the win column for the first time this season. True to form the game was riddled with special teams errors and offensive hiccups. Outside of a stellar performance by the front seven – 2012 league MVP Adrian Peterson finished with just 28 yards on the ground – there was plenty of demarcations to go around in Tuesday’s film session. Both running backs fumbled handoffs. Eli Manning skied a few passes and nearly threw a pair of interceptions. They were constantly forced into third-and-long situations. The left tackle allowed a sack in which he was shoved into the quarterback. The defensive end Jared Allen proceeded to reach around Will Beatty’s hips and rip the quarterback down with his fingers. And yet the Giants did not let the problems snowball like they had in the first six weeks of this season. Buoyed by their defense and a dreadful performance from Minnesota’s newly-acquired quarterback Josh Freeman the Giants left the ranks of the winless. At the start of the evening the Giants were competent and fluid on offense. A 17-play 68-yard drive opened the game and gave them a 3-0 lead. They soaked up almost the entire quarter. The offensive line was providing protection. Their platoon of plug-in running backs were getting the job done. It was their longest scoring drive by time and plays of the season. Had it not been for an overthrown Manning pass into the corner of the end zone the Giants would have been up a touchdown. But the Giants are not perfect. They have a predictable and repeatable set of weaknesses that have been blown open by opponents all season long. And one by one they came on display.
Giants pick up first victory in ugly 23-7 win over Vikings
Newark Star-Ledger | Oct 22