Met Life: Back-to-back Victory Monday's for the G-Men, first time since '16. The excitement is real!
Back to the winning ways and man, does it feel good. It hasn't been easy being a Giants fan, but it's truly a new era for this historic franchise. For the first time since 2016 and just the second time since 2009, the Giants start 2-0. I was chatting with some friends after the win, talking about how long it's been since the team started like this. I met my good friend Brendan for the first time, while my other friend Matt was studying aboard in Italy. Both of those instances were 6 years ago. It's the little things.
To kick things off, Daniel Jones is showing he can be that guy leading the team. It wasn't the sexiest game, but Danny Dimes had a clean game despite being sacked 3 times. 22-for-34 averaging 8 yards a pass, eclipsing 176 yards and throwing for a touchdown. Barkley was present on both sides of the ball, mainly rushing for 72 yards in the win.
One thing to note, the rotating Wide Receiver room is interesting, but it's working? Kenny Golladay was a no-show, but Daboll says it's going to be a continual competition at the position. “We are just going to keep rolling guys [through the lineup] and play the guys we think are going to give us the best chance — and the other guys have to be ready to go as backups.", the HC said after the win. It sucks, because I wish Kenny G can shine like he did in Detroit, but guys need to step up and make themselves be seen.
On the flip side, We are seeing flashes of a top-tier defense from the Giants, and it's all thanks to Wink's scheme. This bend don't break mentality is showing, as the Panthers were held to 275 total yards and only one touchdown. Baker Mayfield completed less than 50 percent of his passes for 145 yards. Hat's off to the defense, which just a friendly reminder, doesn't have Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari rushing the QB yet, and doesn't have stud veterans from the year prior (Bradberry, Martinez, and Ryan).
But the game ball goes to Mr. Consistency. One of the best players the team has had since he's arrived, Graham Gano comes in clutch yet again. The veteran kicker made all five of his attempts (four field goals, one extra point). He's the reason for the W, and he doesn't get enough respect as a kicker amongst the league. Gano is that dude!
QB Daniel Jones: 176 yards 1 TD, 21 yards rushing| 13.14 pts.
RB Saquon Barkley: 21 car. 72 yards rush, 3 rec. 16 yards rec.| 11.8 pts.
WR Kenny Golladay: 0 rec. 0 yards | 0 pts.
WR Kadarius Toney: 2 rec. 0 yards | 2 pts.
WR Sterling Shepard: 6 rec. 34 yards | 9.4 pts.
WR Richie James: 5 rec. 51 yards | 10.1 pts.
WR David Sills V: 3 rec. 37 yards | 6.7 pts.
TE Daniel Bellinger: 1 rec. 16 yard, 1 TD| 8.6 pts.
Defense + Special Teams: 2 sacks, 2 FR, 16 PA | 9 pts.
K Graham Gano: 4 FGM, 1 XPM | 17 pts.
Bets and Odds: Pick Record (6-0)
Giants +1 ✓
Giants Moneyline ✓
NYG/CAR Under 43.5 ✓
There is a chance the the Giants go 3-0, not trying to get my hopes up, but this is a must-win prove it game against Division Rival Cowboys. Cooper Rush led Dallas to a victory over the Bengals, but the defense was the one that got the job done. I'm optimistic for the first time in a long time, let's go make some noise!