Who would of thought coming into this season the Giants would go 5-1 in the first six games? I didn't, my picks bad the Giants 3-3 at this point and even that was above most peoples expectations, yet here we are, in a seemingly loaded NFC east as the second place team just behind the undefeated Eagles and above the 4-2 Dallas Cowboys.
The Baltimore Ravens have one of the most dynamic Quarterbacks in football right now and would be getting much more attention if he wasn't in the same conference as Chiefs QB Mahomes and Bills QB Josh Allen, he came into NJ with the potential to just destroy the Giants with his legs alone. He even put up pretty decent numbers in this game as the G-Men defense under Wink Martindale played mostly zone, instead of the man coverage they usually play, in doing so it kept Lamar Jackson from taking off except on designed runs. Taking away from Jackson running also opened up his tight ends from making big play after big play, most specifically Andrews. It was annoying, but understandable in the endgame of things Martindale wanted to run scheme wise.
The offense struggled once again in the first half, but changed things up in the second half. It's almost like their boxing, feeling out their opponent, hitting them with jabs in order to finally draw them in and go for the stronger punches. They just seem to turn it on on the second half. This unit is just grinding it out every game, doing what ever it takes to win games.
Make no mistake, this was a team win, but the defense changed everything with two huge plays, one being Julian Loves interception in the middle of the field, and the next was the game ending sack fumble from Thibodeaux, his first career sack. I never thought I'd see this team go 5-1, especially this quickly, yet here we are! Now if we can get some wide receiver help and some of our guys like Azzez Ojulari off the injured list, maybe this team can get even better.
Next up is Jacksonville, who are 3 point favorites against the Giants, yet again New York is the underdog. I predict a close game with the Giants somehow managing a Last ditch effort to win the game, but I can see the Jaguars managing to derail the Giants success. I'll go Giants 23 Jaguars 18 for now, I think they get more pressure than usual against the Jags as their confidence is a mile high at the moment.
Players to watch this week:
Thibodeaux-Ithink with Dexter Lawrence at DT/NT and Leonard Williams next to him, Thibodaux will get a lot of one on one match ups, same thing with Azzez Ojulari on the opposite side. I feel like he will have a big game this week once again.
Wan'Dale Robinson- I think he has a breakout game this week, getting over a hundred total yards and a touchdown. I feel like DJ will be able to pass against the Jags with Neal and Thomas protecting his left and right sides.
So what's your take on the Giants? Fluke or complete turn around? You think they win this week or fall to the Jags!?