The impulse is to look for a statement in the New York Giants‘ 28-23 victory over the Eagles on Sunday, and maybe there is one to be gleaned in Doug Pederson’s decision to twice forego field-goal tries on fourth down (he said he wanted to be aggressive) and to attempt to summon the ghosts of Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick in sending rookie quarterback Carson Wentz on repeated option runs (some were good choices, Pederson said, some not).

But the search for a unifying theme for the Giants has to wait another week. Their victory was badly needed. They hadn’t beaten the Eagles since 2013 and have only recently emerged from the firestorm surrounding their former kicker Josh Brown. But it didn’t really tell you much about the trajectory of the season except for this: the Giants are 5-3, have won three games in a row, are keeping pace with the runaway Dallas Cowboys and finally seem to be learning to hold on to win the close games that crushed them last season.

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“Obviously, the defense, we put them in a situation where they’ve had to make some plays and obviously we had the lead so it’s good,” Eli Manning said with his cheap NFL jerseys. “But offensively, we’ve made some nice plays also in games and scoring points and making drives to win. We’re finding ways to win, and that’s what good teams have to do. It’s not always perfect, there’s things you can clean up for sure, but you come into the fourth quarter, you have to find ways to win the tough games, the close games and that’s what we’re doing.”

Next Monday night, when the Giants host the Bengals, they will put former coach Tom Coughlin, defensive lineman Justin Tuck and general manager Ernie Accorsi into their Ring of Honor. They are three pillars of the Giants teams that won their two most recent Super Bowls, but they are also a reminder of what is gone and how this team has changed. Those two championship teams were won largely on the backs of a ferocious pass rush, and the Giants have been in desperate search of one ever since those teams were slowly dismantled.

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Since then, Manning has been the sole barometer for the Giants — they go as he goes — and the takeaway from this season for him has been uneven. He completed passes Sunday to eight different receivers for 257 yards and four touchdowns against a defense that had allowed the fourth fewest points in the league entering the game. Both of his interceptions were of the type he labels “cheap” — one on a tipped ball, one when Odell Beckham Jr. was stripped of the ball before he fully had possession.

Now, Manning and the Giants have the defensive pieces they did not have last season — witness the streakiness of a two-game win streak to start the 2016 campaign, followed by a three-game losing streak, followed by another three-game winning streak — but simply cannot run the ball. The Giants’ 14-0 lead was built on two interceptions of Carson Wentz, and the cushion was preserved when the defense held on two second quarter fourth-down tries and on the Eagles’ final possession, when the Giants forced four straight incomplete passes.

While there is no resolution yet, the expectation is that the Giants will be penalized, likely in the form of a fine. McAdoo was spotted on TV using the walkie-talkie, and the Cowboys did not file a formal complaint.

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The Giants used the devices for four or five plays, sources said, and that drive resulted in an interception.

Asked this week about it, McAdoo said simply he had nothing to add, but “we are working with the league on the incident.”

Nike Giants #24 Eli Apple Royal Blue-White Men's Stitched NFL Elite Split JerseySources with direct knowledge of the situation provided some details on the somewhat odd violation.

First of all, the Giants were not using the same frequency as the Cowboys, so they could not hear any of their play-calls. Not only is it not possible (it isn’t programmed that way), the communications system is monitored by a league employee wearing an orange hat and that was not found to be the case.

The walkie-talkie is league-issued, not team-issued, and the team only has access to it on game day. The system is allowed on the sideline, but a coach is not allowed to use it.

A backup quarterback is permitted to use the walkie-talkie, and that’s often where it’s found on the sidelines. It does not appear that was the case with NFL jerseys wholesale of the Giants and Ryan Nassib, though it’s one issue the league is checking.

The Giants beg to differ on his on-field talent, while friends and teammates came to his defense on the cooking issue: “Eli has made me some fire fried chicken and mac and cheese,” tweeted former Ohio State running back– and newest Cowboy — Ezekiel Elliott. “The source seems to be pretty unreliable.”

The Giants were thought by many to be chasing a linebacker, but the Bears stole late-riser Leonard Floyd one pick before the Giants hit the clock.

Apple will join a secondary that houses starter Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and new addition Janoris Jenkins. That alone makes the pick somewhat of a surprise, but Apple — still just 20 years old — has shown potential.

“He probably has as much talent as anybody but he, like a lot of those Ohio State guys, is inconsistent,” another scout told McGinn.

Apple has the rest of his career to prove his doubters wrong — and all these anonymous scouts. The Giants hope his mission gets off to a fast start.