New York Giants vs. Houston Texans: G-Men Defense Comes Up Big Against Houston

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2010

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks #88 completes a  pass for a touchdown in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Talk about a resume builder for New York Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.  

Coming into the Week 5 matchup, the Texans were first in rushing offense in the NFL with 172 yards per game.  

The Giants held them to just 24 yards.  

The 34-10 victory over the Texans suggests that the stingy defense that was a staple for the Giants team for so long is back.  

Now, I'm not going to jump to a hastily drawn conclusion just yet.  There have still been games where the defense has been anything stellar, like the one against Indianapolis.  

But, defensively, this game showed that the Giants have what it takes to make a playoff run.  

Let's break down some defensive stats.  

The Giants held Arian Foster, who was averaging 134 rushing yards per game, to 25 yards.  

Matt Schaub was held to just under 200 yards with a quarterback rating of 53.1.  He was sacked three times.  

And finally, the part that is most noteworthy, the fact that Houston's only touchdown came when they had an extremely short field to work with coming off an Eli Manning interception.  

To put this into a different perspective, the Texans came into the game ranked second in the NFL for yards per game with 415.  They had 195 against New York.  

On the other side of the pigskin, even though the Giants scored 34 points, their offense was nothing more than average.  

Hakeem Nicks continued his breakout year with two touchdowns.  

Manning had three touchdowns and two picks.  

At times, the Giants offense seemed to click, while at other times they made stupid mistakes.  

The thing to take away from this win is that the Giants' defense piggy-backed off of their last Sunday's ten sack performance, while the offense showed glimpses of domination and glimpses of confusion.  

Chalk up the majority up this victory to a game dominated by the Giants defense.  

Plain and simple: they looked real good against this top-tiered offense.