Pierre-Paul feeling like his old self again

Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is nearing full strength and made his impact felt on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

The New York Giants got a much needed win on Sunday at home against the Oakland Raiders. With the first place Dallas Cowboys losing big time to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, Big Blue is now within striking distance of America's team.

The Giants will now play two NFC East teams within the next three weeks. The lone out of division contest is against the Green Bay Packer, who will be without their All Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Although the team is now on a three game winning streak, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul still feels there is a lot more work to be done.

"It's a long way," Pierre-Paul said. "We're just taking it one game at a time. We are not trying to think three games ahead. We're just thinking the next game is the Green Bay Packers."

The Giants defense were able to shut down a versatile Terrelle Pryor, who was basically nonexistent after his one yard touchdown run during the first minute of the game.

Pryor was 11-26 through the air for 122 yards and threw one interception. Pryor is can also beat a team with his legs, but he was held to 19 yards on five carries and a touchdown on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders were without their star running back Darren McFadden, who is suffering from a hamstring strain and did not practice all week.

Rashad Jennings has picked up the slack for the Raiders, he rushed for 88 yards on 20 carries on Sunday after amassing 102 yards the week before. "They have a lot of running, man." "Most of the teams we faced this year were runners, noted Pierre-Paul. We do a great job, Perry Fewell does a great job, executing plays and running them and play calling. We just have to make plays."

On Sunday the Giants did just that, they made plays in key situations. During the first quarter Cooper Taylor returned a blocked punt for 21 yards to knot the game up at seven apiece.

Terrelle Thomas intercepted a pass in the third quarter and returned it to the Oakland five yard line. The interception was Thomas' first of the season. Thomas has missed the past two seasons with ACL trouble, but he is finally showing signs of fully recovering.

The Giants organization has shown some life the past three weeks. Sunday was arguable the

best football the team has played all season.

As the team continues improve, so does Pierre-Paul, who is a known leader in the locker room.

"This is the best I've felt," said Pierre Paul. "Coming out of the game, starting the game. You know, I was running to the ball every play. I just felt good out there. You know, all I can say, I'm not fully all the way back, but I'm getting there, I'm getting there."

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