The Giants haven’t fixed all their woes, not by a long shot, but they have found a way to a three-game winning streak that keeps hope alive that the Giants might still find their way to the playoffs this season.
Andre Brown scored from one yard out after Terrell Thomas intercepted Terrelle Pryor and returned the ball to the Raiders’ five-yard line in the third quarter. That made up the gap that the Raiders had built up on an interception return for a touchdown of their own in the first half. They had a chance to build on that lead early in the second half, but Antrel Rolle kept Rashad Jennings out of the end zone and the Raiders couldn’t punch it in on three plays from the one-yard line before settling for a field goal.
The Raiders didn’t have other chances to score points because their passing offense was mostly a myth. Pryor was pressured all day and wasn’t able to make any plays downfield to support a good effort from Jennings. Penalties also crushed the Raiders on Sunday as they were flagged eight times for 65 yards that they couldn’t afford to hand over to the Giants.
Brown ran for 115 yards in his return from injured reserve, giving the Giants a rare good running game this season. Eli Manning and his receivers made a few plays, but they still appeared to be on different pages far too often to have much faith that the Giants are going to navigate the rest of their schedule without enough losses to knock them out of contention.
They’re alive for now, though, and they’ll probably get Scott Tolzien, Matt Flynn or Lynn Dickey at quarterback for the Packers next week before a big Week 12 game against the Cowboys. Things could be a lot worse for a team that took seven weeks to win their first game, in other words.