New York Giants defeat Houston Texans, 34-10

Just two weeks ago the sky seemed to be falling as far as the Giants were concerned.

Back-to-back blowout losses to the Colts and Titans had many questioning Big Blue's sieve-like defense and whether this was the beginning of a spiral that would end with a lost season.

Two weeks, and two straight stellar defensive performances later, all seems right again in the Giants' world. So what changed in those two weeks?

For the NFL's now top-ranked defense, it had to do with...

HOUSTON - There's nothing better to the Giants than the sounds of mostly silence on the road and the sight of a mostly empty stadium. It gives them a feeling they haven't experienced much in the last year.

"I love it on the road when the whole crowd has disappeared and all that's left is Giants fans and you hear that 'Let's go Giants' chant," said guard Chris Snee. "I love every part of that. We'd love to regain that 'Road Warrior' mentality that Coach always speaks abo...

Defense has always been the calling card of the Giants. The championship teams were constructed around a relentless, smothering attack that harassed the quarterback and choked off all running lanes.

When the Giants turned the 2007 season around, they did it with a goal-line stand at Washington. When they won the NFC Championship Game later that season, it was a late interception that sealed the victory. When they followed it up with a win against the Patriots in the Sup...