By: Marco Imperati

The Giants, in what seemed like a century ago since their last win, beat the Houston Texans 30-17 in an early/must-win game of the year. Although there are still concerns, the team has improved since a tough preseason and week 1 loss at Detroit.

Let’s take a look at what’s Rushing or Crushing for the New York Giants.

Rush– Rashad Jennings showing what he could do as a full time starter. Jennings looked smooth in between the tackles and has demonstrated patience with the line. Great game for the new running back.

Crush– Stevie Brown does not look all the way back in his recovery from an ACL tear. Brown looks a step slow and was beaten badly on a late touchdown vs the Texans. The talk is Quintin Demps joining Antrel Rolle in the starting lineup and rookie Nat Berhe, not Brown, in the three safety look.

Rush– Don’t look now, but the Offensive Line looks pretty solid. Of course it will continue to be a work in progress. So far, I love Justin Pugh’s leadership on this line. In addition, No one is talking about Will Beatty and that’s not a bad thing. He’s quietly played really well.

Crush– Rookie Devon Kennard has not been able to get on the field. Also cursed with the dreaded “Rookie Hamstring Injury”, I thought Kennard would be an upgrade on Special Teams. Would not have been shocked after his awesome preseason if Kennard, not Mark Herzlich, slid in at middle linebacker for Jon Beason.

Rush– What an awesome blocked punt by DeMontre Moore! His burst and energy should create more opportunities for this team regardless where he’s playing.

Crush–  Although Jennings was beast like vs the Texans, would be nice to see Andre Williams or even Peyton Hillis shoulder some of the load. All hands should be on deck for this short turn around vs the Redskins.

Rush– As I mentioned last week, I like Preston Parker.  He has worked hard to get back into the NFL. His play reminds me of Dominic Hixon. Hixon filled a few different roles for the team and was serviceable everywhere he lined up. Even with Odell Beckham Jr. slated to return next week. Parker will stay on the active roster every Sunday.

Crush– The final crush is saved for Thursday Night Football games. After playing a physical game vs the Texans, the Giants have to piece there bodies back together and play on a short week at Washington in the first all so important division game. Every team has to do it during the course of the season and no one will feel bad for either team.

Rush–  The Tight End group keeps getting better. Along with the Offensive Line, there wasn’t a more criticized group going into the season. Steady improvement.

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