DT Linval Joseph was too strong for the Eagles to handle.
While the offense has made a concerted effort to eliminate turnovers in each of the past two weeks, the Giants' last two victories can be attributed to their stifling defensive play.
The Giants defense nearly pitched a shutout versus the Eagles, and New York hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown since the first half of the Chicago Bears game. As a team, the Giants have surrendered just 17 points in the last 10 quarters of competition.
It starts with the play up front. The league's premier running backs should dread the sight of the Giants approaching on their schedule. New York held Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy under 50 yards for the second time this season Sunday. McCoy, as well as the likes of Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte, have been effectively bottled up by the Giants' fearsome front in 2013.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who did not suit up when the Giants and Eagles last met, led all New York defensive linemen with four tackles (all solo). Joseph also recorded a sack versus the Eagles, as the Giants pass rush enjoyed its most successful day of QB-chasing this season. New York brought down the passer four times, including twice by members of the secondary.
Against the Eagles, the Giants assembled, perhaps, the most dominating effort possible without scoring a touchdown. For that, New York has its defense to thank.
Solid front-seven play against the run is finally beginning to pay dividends in the pass rush, which, in turn, has yielded a couple of wins. It's not all coming together at once, but the Giants seem to be re-discovering their old identity thanks to a timely defensive resurgence.
It should be noted, however, that the Giants defense hasn't faced an elite offense in either of the past two weeks.
While Minnesota's Josh Freeman was comically unprepared to quarterback the Vikings offense, Philadelphia's combination of a gimpy Michael Vick and rookie Matt Barkley hardly posed a greater threat. Yet, as inept as they may be, neither offense managed to score a single point—that cannot be downplayed.
The Giants will continue to win so long as the defense maintains the level of play displayed in Weeks 7 and 8. If they are equally stingy against some of the league's top talent, New York will be a team to keep an eye on in the second half of the season.