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Giants 15, Eagles 7: Five Things We Learned About the Giants

A Few Things Have Changed Following the Giants' 0-6 Start

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COMMENTARY | Let's look at five things we learned from the New York Giants' 15-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

1. Peyton Hillis can help the Giants -- There was some snickering when the running-back needy Giants grabbed Hillis off the NFL scrap heap. In two games, though, Hillis has contributed mightily to a pair of victories. Sunday he carried 20 times for 70 yards, caught three passes and did well in pass protection. Andre Brown is expected back after the bye, as is Brandon Jacobs. David Wilson is likely still the future at running back for the Giants. Hillis has shown enough, however, that the Giants have to find a role for him -- at the very least as a third down or short-yardage back.

2. Will Hill is a difference maker -- The third-year safety, who was suspended the first four games of the season by the NFL, started and played well against the Eagles. Hill had a game-clinching interception. Hill has a troubled background and has now been suspended in each of his two NFL seasons, but if he can stay out of trouble he can be an impact player.

3. The Giants' run defense is for real -- The Giants held the league's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, to 48 yards on 15 carries. The week before that Minnesota's Adrian Peterson got only 28 yards on 13 rushes. McCoy got 46 yards on 20 carries the first time the teams played. The Giants added Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Shaun Rogers and Johnathan Hankins at defensive tackle and Jon Beason at middle linebacker and it has paid off in run defense. The Giants are giving up only 3.6 yards per rushing attempt, fourth in the league.

4. Terrell Thomas can still play -- After three ACL tears and back-to-back missed seasons Thomas has done more this season than just make it back to the NFL. He had 11 tackles and a critical strip sack at the end of the first half on Sunday. He may not be as athletic as he once was, but Thomas is still a sure tackler and a skilled cornerback in coverage.

5. The NFC East is still wide open -- At 2-6, the Giants amazingly still have a chance. The Dallas Cowboys are 4-4 and still showing a talent for losing games they should win. The Eagles are not a playoff team. The defending division champion Washington Redskins are 2-5 and look awful. The Giants say they still believe, and who can blame them? In the NFC Least anything can happen.

Ed Valentine is editor of BigBlueView, covering the Giants for SB Nation

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