HOUSTON — It has been exactly a year since the Giants avoided the peculiar vertigo that has marked their recent history. Up and down they have gone, the offense surging while the defense collapsed last year, the offense sputtering while the defense rebounded this season, the offense and defense even occasionally falling apart all at once — as happened against Indianapolis three weeks ago.
On Sunday, for the first time since last Oct. 11, the Giants won their second game in a row, a 34-10 domination of the Houston Texans. As milestones go, a two-game winning streak is a miniature one, but it was the manner of this victory — over a team that was viewed as a rising N.F.L. power — that should give the Giants (3-2) hope for the rest of the season.
They shut down the league’s top rushing attack (24 rushing yards for a team that had been averaging 172 per game), and they shredded the league’s worst pass defense. Eli Manning completed 27 of 42 passes for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was, by far, the Giants’ best game of 2010, and with the one-win Detroit Lions up next week, the Giants could carry a three-game streak into their first N.F.C. East game of the season at Dallas on Oct. 25.
“We always knew we had talent on this team,” Manning said. “It was just a matter of finding our rhythm. We’ve responded well these last few weeks.