Nicely, do they?
Do the Giants have anybody on their roster who retains opposing coaches up at night time?
Saquon Barkley, positively, when he was wholesome, which he’s not. In any other case, on offense there’s … um … wait a second … ah … we’ll get again to you.
The protection has a bunch of respectable NFL starters, however nobody who has ever been chosen to a Professional Bowl — although cornerback James Bradberry is presently enjoying at that degree.
Because the winless Giants transfer into Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the 1-Four Washington Soccer Group, what’s about to go down at MetLife Stadium can finest be projected as WTF vs. WFT. Two groups, one victory.
“When it comes to protecting you up at night time, I believe you’re simply speaking about influence gamers, and [Washington] has loads of influence gamers throughout the board,’’ head coach Joe Decide mentioned.
File a few of this within the “pump up your opponent’’ column. However he has a degree. Defensive finish Chase Younger, the No. 2 choose on this 12 months’s draft: He retains opposing offensive coaches up at night time, and he’s solely a rookie. The opposite defensive finish, Montez Sweat, has 10 sacks in 21 NFL video games — he might make you toss and switch. Warhorse Ryan Kerrigan has 10.5 sacks in his previous 11 video games in opposition to the Giants, so he has disrupted sleep patterns for years.
The Giants? Nobody can accuse them of attempting to assemble an all-star crew.
“I’m very assured with everybody on our roster,’’ Decide mentioned. “I believe now we have a superb degree of expertise.
“So far as us, look, we’re not trying to make this a crew filled with stars. We’re not trying to make this an people crew. This can be a crew. We stroll in that locker room, everyone seems to be on the identical web page, take the sector with the identical angle. When it comes to what somebody thinks about our guys individually on the opposite facet, I’m extra centered on making them perceive that as a crew what we’re about.’’
Valuing crew over self is a high quality idea, however sooner or later just a few particular gamers have to be sprinkled onto the sector or else this isn’t going to work. The draft document late within the Jerry Reese regime was dangerous, and the draft document within the first three years of Dave Gettleman’s tenure is spotty, at finest. Buying difference-makers in free company not often works.
That is how the Giants bought right here. They’re favored, for the primary time all season. Their quarterback state of affairs, with Daniel Jones struggling in his second season, is way extra steady (for now) than the turbulence in Washington — the place Jones’ 2019 draft classmate, Dwayne Haskins, is benched (for Kyle Allen, for goodness sakes), relegated to No. three on the depth chart and sure headed for a commerce.
The mixed document of the 5 groups to beat the Giants is 16-Eight. Right here is the delicate contact on the schedule — a declare Washington must also make when contemplating the Giants. It’s no coincidence savvy veterans Logan Ryan and Blake Martinez, instantly following final week’s crushing 37-34 loss to the Cowboys, said the time for dropping is over. They knew who their crew had subsequent and it was not video games down the highway at Seattle or Baltimore.
“I believe now we have that confidence each week,’’ Jones mentioned. “We haven’t gotten the outcomes that we might have hoped for so far, however I believe each week we go in anticipating to win. We go in anticipating to execute at a excessive degree and play our recreation. We’re assured. Washington is an efficient crew, they’re a superb protection and so they do loads of good issues.’’
Washington is just not a superb crew. Neither are the Giants. One thing’s bought to provide, and doubtless will.