The New York Giants Are The Real Deal

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants Are The Real Deal

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The New York Giants Are The Real Deal

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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports 

Nobody expected the New York Giants to be 5-1 six weeks into the 2022 NFL season. Brian Daboll has created an offensive scheme to elevate Daniel Jones’ play making and having Saquon Barkley run all over defenses. 

How They Got Here

After coming off a 4-13 season with Joe Judge, the Giants decided to hire Brian Daboll from the Buffalo Bills. Players who have made a big leap from the hire so far have been Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones. Barkley, who was plagued by injuries for a few years, and coming off a disappointing 593 rushing yards in 2021 through 13 games played, already has 533 rushing yards through six games of the 2022 season. With Daniel Jones, it’s been staying healthy and limiting turnovers. Jones only has two interceptions this season with three touchdown passes, but he has not been a factor for why the Giants have lost games.

Even without Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, the passing game has found a way to implement new young talent in making big plays. Right now, the Giants average around 172 yards passing per game, but 179 yards rushing per game. It has been a dominant run game that has led to winning games, and Barkley seems to be unstoppable. Something Joe Judge and Jason Garrett could not get going. 

After having quite an impressive 2022 NFL Draft, the Giants have been able to get their rookies involved. With Kayvon Thibodeaux as their first round pick, Thibodeaux made a huge play on Lamar Jackson in the Week Six matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, forcing a fumble to seal the game for the Giants. Second round pick Wan’Dale Robinson also came up big against the Ravens, having his first receiving touchdown in the NFL. Evan Neal, who was also a first round pick for the Giants, had a slow start to his rookie year, but like Robinson and Thibodeaux, Neal played his best game against the Ravens. The Giants’ first three picks have been looking solid so far, and credit is given to the Giants scouting team for this. 

Some might wonder who have the Giants even played this year to be 5-1? Well, they have played three teams who were in the playoffs last year, and won two of those matchups. Their biggest wins have come against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Based on their upcoming opponents, I would not be surprised if the Giants only lose four games. Brian Daboll has made an offense that can play to Daniel Jones’ strengths, and brings out the biggest strength in the offense, the running game. Many people wondered if Daboll could help Jones, as he helped Josh Allen when he was with Buffalo, and so far Daboll has.

The Giants aren’t 5-1 because they have gotten lucky, they have played tough football on and off the field, which is why they are the real deal right now. In a division with two other teams who are also looking like the real deal, the Giants will have to continue to play hard and come up big when needed. The Giants do have a chance to win the division, but the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys also have easier schedules, which is why it is important that they must win the divisional games. 

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