You could argue no team had a statement win quite like the G-men in Week 1. They overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to win on the road against last season’s No. 1 seed in the AFC. They also did it in dramatic fashion by scoring the game-winning points on a do-or-die, two-point conversion attempt.
The Giants are now over .500 for the first time since the final game of the 2016 regular season. They are also currently favorites in each of their next three games, including Week 2 against the Panthers. This would snap a streak of 15 straight games as an underdog.
Now, it’d be easy to come up with reasons why this is a Week 1 overreaction. Like, pump the brakes, they were tied for the worst record in the league in the previous five seasons, with the Jets.
But, here’s three reasons to believe in the Giants, or least be intrigued by them.
1. Brian Daboll impact
New head coach Brian Daboll’s huge gamble paid off to win the game. Not the type of boldness you would expect in someone’s first game as a head coach. He is actually the first in NFL history to go for a two-point conversion down by one point in the fourth quarter of his head coaching debut.
Daboll became a hot name on the head coaching market thanks to his fingerprints on the Bills’ dynamic offense. Early indications are the Giants’ offense might have some flavor, too.
The Giants used motion at or before the snap on 59% of plays in Week 1 (ninth in NFL), their second-highest rate in a game in the last five seasons, and up from 29% in 2021 (31st in NFL). Only one team (Eagles) used RPOs (run-pass option) more than the Giants in Week 1 (16 times).
Saquon Barkley was the biggest beneficiary of the Giants adding this wrinkle to their offense. He had 12 rushes for 155 yards with motion on Sunday, and six rushes for 9 yards without it. He’s already surpassed his entire rushing total from last year when the Giants used motion.
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Author : Douglas Clawson
Publish date : 2022-09-16 17:29:22
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