by Eli Racks @IamEliRacks
Week 4 in the books and the Giants are on the scoreboard. They are 1-3 of the season, and they managed to get the win in hostile territory, otherwise known as the Caesar dome…Home of the New Orleans Saints. This team showed fight, with their backs against the wall. The question is: Can they continue this success?
Offense: Jason Garrett called a great game. Giving Daniel Jones RPO options, read zone options. This offense has an identity of playing multiple schemes, depending on the opponent. This helped Daniel Jones rack up a career-high
Stat Line: 402 yards | 2TD | 1INT | 27 yards
Saquon Barkley was of old made an appearance making it so much sweeter.
13 ATT | 52 yards | 4.0 yac | 1 TD | 5 rec | 74 yds | 1 TD
He was cutting with less dancing, being decisive. The offense line seems to be getting better each week, anchored by Andrew Thomas. Even with a bunch of injuries, the Giants adopted the “next guy-up” mentality. Kadarius Toney was nothing short of electric with the ball in his hands. Toney took the Giants from a 3 and 18 to a much-needed first down to continue the drive.
John Ross making his debut as the deep threat was exactly what the Giants needed. The speedy receiver caught a 52 yards bomb on his first in Blue and put the Giants on the scoreboard.
Defense: The Defense, on the surface played a decent game. The Saints were averaging 23.5pts a game and the boys in blue held them to 21…that’s progress. No? James Bradberry got burned by Marquez Callaway, leading to a 58-yard completion. It’s was topped off by a Taysom Hill touchdown where he bulldozered what looked like the entire defense. Bradberry did make it up by intercepting Hill later in the game.
Azeez Ojulari will be the staple of this defense in due time. He made a great stop on Hill preventing him from converting on a 3 and 2, helping the Giants get the ball back, with the offense capitalizing scoring a TD.
Two plays helped secure the win…both we’re on Saquon Barkley. A 54 yard TD pass, and a 6-yard run TD to seal the game in OT. The Giants put a long overdue win in the column. So celebrate Giants fans! But don’t celebrate too long, because now they’re heading to Dallas.
Things to clean up to win Sunday:
One questionable play calling. That stood out. 3rd and 1 on the 15 instead of calling a run Jason Garrett called a pass that was incomplete, settling for a Graham Gano field goal, which he missed. He called a good game, but he did the same thing at Washington only to lay an egg the following week playing Atlanta. Let’s see if Jason Garrett can be consistent enough against a defensive unit the Giants can score on.
The defense remains a question mark. Poor tackling, busted coverages, no pressure on the opposing QB…all problems. In the most critical moments, they’ve come up short. Stop trying to strip the ball out and tackle! That’s my advice. Giants fans better hope this is the week Pat Graham finally wakes up and coaches his guys to be better. Otherwise, the honeymoon win will be over fast…1-4 could be in the future.