There will be no 0-6 start this year for the New York Giants. The G-Men got their first win of the season on Sunday, with 30-17 beat down of the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Looking for a much needed to win early on in the season, the Giants were able to come out victorious and build some much needed confidence in themselves.
Coming into the game at 0-2, the Giants were desperate need of getting a victory against the Texans and needed to be fundamentally sound in all areas of the game. Coughlin offered what he thought were the keys to the Giants win on Sunday.
“We talked about winning the turnover battle, obviously we’re plus-two," noted New York's head man. "Rushed for 193, we had interception turnovers. We blocked a punt, which is really, really good. We won the time of possession and we forced them to play from behind.A lot of guys played well, I’m looking forward to looking at this tape.”
A big part to the Giants win like Coughlin said was their running game, which was lead by Big Blue’s starting running back Rashad Jennings. Jennings had 176 of the Giants 193 total rushing yards in the game and help cement a rushing attack that Big Blue much needed with dealing with All-Pro defensive lineman J.J Watt.
“Well we’ve been, little by little, we’ve been trying to improve that area," Coughlin said of Jennings performance and offense's rushing attack. "It wasn’t so good last week. Obviously it was very good this week. Strong runner, Rashad ran the ball very well, broke some tackles, made some plays when it didn’t look like there was anything left to be made. Up front did a good job. They have a good interior there, outstanding football players as well. We knew we were going to run it, to try to run it and we’re going to try to stay as balanced as we can and we were able to do that.”
Even with the win though, the Giants still made some key mistakes early on in the game with a fumble in the red zone and a bad snap on a field goal try that could proved costly. But the Giants were able to rebound from those mistakes and regroup to get the win, which Coughlin was happy to see.
“There was no lull," Coughlin said on the mental state of his team after those early turnovers. "And we talked about that, we talked about being positive the whole day, including me. We got some things that went the way we wanted them but they handled it well.”
The Giants now though will have a short time to celebrate this win, as they have a short turnaround ahead of them this week with playing NFC East division rival the Washington Redskins on Thursday night.
“It’s always great to win," admitted Coughlin. "I wish we would have won a couple weeks ago and kept it going but we won today, let’s just be happy with that for now. We have a short week, we need to get going on that.”
With the win, the Giants are now 1-2 on the season and avoid going 0-3 to start the year in back to back season.