A "Fool's Gold" win highlights the Giants fortes and imperfections
A depleted team with low morale, the Giants were touted three point underdogs at home. Daniel Jones was heading out to the field without any form of life. The injury list is at an all time high, he himself was shaken up with a concussion less than two weeks ago, and there were questions to what the direction that team was about to take.
At one point, we were looking at a 5-3 ball game in the bottom of the fifth, then the flood gates opened up. The offense was functioning quite well without their stars, but the defense deserves the game ball for their performance, locking down the Panthers and only sacrificing a field goal.
Giants 25, Panthers 3
Daniel Jones does it all!
Daniel Jones is did EVERYTHING today to win this game. He aired the ball out. He rushed efficiently rushed this afternoon. Heck, he even caught a sweet pass. With a clear head and more direction in the play call, Jones carved up the Panthers defense and kept a clean ball game in all facets of play.
The offense had some new names making impacts for the fallen soldiers on the IR.
Unlikely heroes were created in todays win on the offensive side. No Barkley, no Toney, no Golladay. Enter Devontae Booker, Darius Slayton, and Dante Pettis. Booker had 14 carries for 51 yards rushing and a touchdown, plus three catches and 15 yards receiving. Slayton caught five passes for 63 yards, while Pettis had five catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. If these guys can step up for the Giants while the team recovers, something could start cooking in the second half of the season.
A defense worth rooting for
Sam Darnold’s homecoming was filled with ghostly moments, as the defense comes up big in an impressive win. They held the1 Panthers to just three points, with Darnold throwing just 111 yards total. Azeez Ojulari, Jabrill Peppers, Dexter Lawrence, and Leonard Williams brought the heat with pressure, tallying six sacks in the win.
A shining star in Azeez Ojulari
Rookie Defensive Player of the Year, book it. Azeez Ojulari had himself a day, adding to his talented rookie resume and first year performance. Today alone, he balled out, collecting 2.5 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, 4 QB hits, and 5 tackles!
Don’t let this fools gold win triumph the apparent issues
The title of the blog eluded to the fortes and the imperfections. A win is a win, but don't be fooled. Daniel Jones has no time in the pocket. Nate Solder gave up his 4th sack of the season, getting beat inside easily. The offensive line woes without Andrew Thomas equated to a horrid run game. All of this, and Jason Garrett still cannot call red-zone offense.
QB Daniel Jones: 203 yards 1 TD,, 28 yards rushing, 16 yards receiving | 17.52 points
RB Devontae Booker: 14 car. 51 yards rushing 1 TD, 3 rec. 15 yards |14.6 points
FB Elijah Penny: 9 car. 24 yards rushing |3.4 points
WR Darius Slayton: 5 rec. 63 yards | 11.3 points
WR Dante Pettis: 5 rec. 39 yards, 1 TD | 15.54 points
WR John Ross: 2 rec. 27 yards | 4.7 points
TE Evan Engram: 6 rec. 44 yards |10.4 points
TE Kyle Rudolph: 2 rec. 8 yards | 2.8 points
Defense + Special Teams: 1 INT, 6 sacks, 3 PA | 17 points
K Graham Gano: 3/3 FG, 2 XPM |15 points
Bets and Odds
Giants +3 ✓
Giants Moneyline ✓
NYG/CAR Over 42.5 ✓
The real test is next week, where the Giants head to the Chiefs, who are having themselves an array of struggles and underperformances. They were just washed by the Titans, and Mahomes is throwing an alarming amount interceptions. I don't believe they will win, but they should easily cover the absurd spread that Vegas will throw-out.