Re­ju­ve­nated Pierre-Paul pow­ers streak­ing Giants

N.Y. streak­ing be­hind de­fen­sive leader as post­sea­son pic­ture moves into fo­cus

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Cana­van

The streak­ing New York Giants, win­ners of five straight, are back and so is Ja­son Pierre-Paul.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. >> The New York Giants are back and so is Ja­son Pierre-Paul.

Pierre-Paul had 2½ sacks in prob­a­bly his most dom­i­nant per­for­mance since man­gling his right hand in a fire­works ac­ci­dent on July 4, 2015. The Giants posted their fifth straight win by ral­ly­ing for a 22-16 de­ci­sion over the in­jury-plagued Chicago Bears on a windy Sun­day at MetLife Sta­dium.

The win­ning streak is the long­est in the reg­u­lar sea­son for the Giants (7-3) since 2010. It has them in po­si­tion to make the play­offs for the first time since 2011.

The Bears (2-8) are off to their worst start since 2002.

With win­less Cleve­land on the sched­ule next week­end, there is no rea­son for the Giants’ streak to end. The of­fense has been com­ing up with enough plays, and the de­fense has been nail­ing the door shut.

A con­cern for op­po­nents is that the line is sud­denly start­ing to get pres­sure. Olivier Ver­non had one of the Giants’ four sacks and JPP stole the show, his to­tal match­ing the amount from the eight games he played last sea­son af­ter re­cov­er­ing from his

in­jury.

“JPP is JPP, man,” Ver­non said. “Ain’t noth­ing changed about him. He is still a beast out there.”

Af­ter Eli Man­ning gave the Giants the lead with third-quar­ter touch­down passes to Will Tye and Ster­ling Shep­ard , the de­fense fin­ished its sec­ond­half shutout.

Of course, there was a lit­tle excitement.

Af­ter be­ing limited to two first downs, Jay Cut­ler drove the Bears to the Giants 30 at the two-minute warn­ing.

On first down, Pier­rePaul came around left end and got a strip-sack that cost Chicago 14 yards.

“I even told some guys that it is time to blow up, it is on us and guys re­sponded,” Pierre-Paul said. “I re­sponded my­self. I can’t just do the talk­ing, I have to show up, and we came out with a win, guys.”

Af­ter a pro­ce­dure penalty, safety Lan­don Collins iced the game with his fifth in­ter­cep­tion in the past four games.

“Any­time you can end the game on a play like that, that’s en­cour­ag­ing,” coach Ben McA­doo said. “Side­line was fired up, we were fired up for Lan­don, he made a heck of a play.”

That’s the way it’s been for the Giants these days, which is a far cry from 6-10 records the team posted the past two years.

“Ev­ery game has been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent; they’ve all been close, they’ve all come down to the last series,” Man­ning said. “Of­fense, de­fense, every­body’s step­ping up and do­ing their part to get wins.”

Here are some things learned in the game:

DEC­I­MATED BEARS

The Bears are get­ting to the point where they are run­ning out of healthy play­ers .

Line­backer Leonard Floyd, who leads NFL rookie with five sacks, left the game on a stretcher in the fourth quar­ter with a neck in­jury.

He was taken to a hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion, and was later re­leased and trav­eled with the team back to Chicago.

Tight end Zach Miller also left with a pos­si­ble bro­ken right foot. De­fen­sive back Cre’Von LeBlanc is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col and left guard Josh Sit­ton in­jured his right an­kle.

Com­ing into the game, the Bears were miss­ing right tackle Bobbie Massie (con­cus­sion), nose tackle Ed­die Gold­man (an­kle), and de­fen­sive end Mitch Un­rein (back).

Wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery served the first game of a four-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance en­hancers. Guard Kyle Long was placed on in­jured re­serve last week with an­kle and shoul­der in­juries.

MISSED PATS

The cross­wind blow­ing at MetLife Sta­dium gave kick­ers Rob­bie Gould and Con­nor Barth prob­lems.

Gould missed two ex­tra points and Barth missed an ex­tra point and had a 51-yard field goal bounce off the up­right.

“The first one I hit was where I was hit­ting them in pregame,” Gould said. “I thought I made it and it went out­side the left up­right. The sec­ond one I

just didn’t hit a good ball.

“To­day was tough, but I have to make them.”

RUN­NING GIANTS

New York is start­ing to find a run­ning game. It rushed for 102 yards one week af­ter run­ning for 122 yards in a vic­tory vs. Cincin­nati.

This is the first time the Giants have had backto-back 100-yard rush­ing games since Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2014 at Jack­sonville and Ten­nessee. Rashad Jen­nings led the way with 85 yards on 21 car­ries.

BIG MOUTH

Line­backer Per­nell McPhee bragged early in the week his de­fense was go­ing to knock down Man­ning a few times on Sun­day and add to Chicago’s sack to­tal of 24.

The Giants’ of­fen­sive line shut kept Man­ning up­right. He was not sacked.

“It was what it was, you put on the film, you’ll see,” McPhee said of the Bears’ pass rush. “I think he ‘(Man­ning) did a great job of get­ting the ball out fast, he did a great job of mix­ing it up.

“I think we came in pre­pared and ready to rush,

SETH WENIG — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Giants de­fen­sive end Ja­son Pierre-Paul re­acts af­ter sack­ing Bears quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler dur­ing New York’s vic­tory over Chicago.

BILL KOSTROUN — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Giants strong safety Lan­don Collins cel­e­brates af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a pass dur­ing vic­tory over Bears on Sun­day at MetLife Sta­dium.

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