"I think we made some improvement tonight over our first game," Tom Coughlin said. "We played a little better and were more aggressive."
One week after Coughlin called his DTs ‘soft,' Fred Robbins burst through the line of scrimmage on the game's second play and dropped Larry Johnson for a four-yard loss.
Robbins admitted Coughlin's criticism helped ignite the DTs.
"That fired you up," he said. "But he wasn't the only one that felt that way. We had to be more physical and we made some improvement."
Playing without starters WLB Carlos Emmons and CB Sam Madison, the Giants defense limited Kansas City to only 111 total yards and seven first downs.
"We still had a solid showing with the first-string defense," said LB LaVar Arrington, who posted one tackle in his first Giants action. "I can only imagine what we will be once we get everybody out there. We are still missing a few."
Offensively, the Giants first-team was much crisper than against Baltimore.
Manning, who completed 11-of-14 passes for 80 yards, led the Giants 60 yards in nine plays on their first possession. The march started with an end around by Tim Carter that netted 20 yards. Manning connected with Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress before hitting Amani Toomer in the middle of the end zone for the points.
"I thought we got off to a fast start, which is nice," Manning said. "We had a good drive and had a good first set of plays. We moved the ball well and got into the end zone on third down. I thought it was a great start for our first team."
Manning also led an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard TD run by Brandon Jacobs. Manning was masterful in calmly, coolly leading the hurry-up offense.
"I am impressed and even more encouraged that we made big (strides) from week one to week two and had all our guys playing," said Barber, who had 22 yards on five carries in his first game action of the summer. "It was impressive how we moved the ball down the field. We just have to keep building."
Jay Feely capped the scoring with a 31-yard field goal as the third quarter clock expired.
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