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Experts react: 'This Giants team is unflappable'

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The Giants welcomed the Baltimore Ravens to MetLife Stadium on Sunday for a Week 6 matchup.

For the third time in just six games, the Giants came back to win in a game that they trailed by 10+ points, matching the franchise single season record.

Experts across the NFL landscape weighed in on the Giants' big win over Baltimore and their torrid start to the 2022 season.

Here are expert takeaways.

King named Kayvon Thibodeaux one of the Defensive Players of the Week.

"After missing the start of his rookie season with a knee injury, it took until week six for Kayvon Thibodeaux to get the breakout moment fitting for his status as the number five overall pick. With the Giants holding a slim four-point lead and the Ravens driving late in the fourth, Thibodeaux strip-sacked Lamar Jackson, and Leonard Williams recovered to seal the win for the G-Men. The moment clearly meant a lot to Thibodeaux, whose Giants are now 5-1 and keeping pace in a red-hot NFC East." -- King

Kerr said Brian Daboll winning Coach of the Year is reality.

"The Giants are 5-1 and already have more wins then they had all of last year. A healthy Saquon Barkley helps, but New York is winning with Daniel Jones and a subpar offensive line. Beating the Ravens is another excellent win for an emerging Giants team that's starting to believe they are more than just a Cinderella story. This is the first time since 2009 the Giants have started 5-1 or better in the Super Bowl era. Daboll is the first Giants coach since Allie Sherman in 1961 to begin his career 5-1. Jones has four game-winning drives as New York is 5-1 in one-score games -- the only team this season to have each of its games be decided by eight points or less. Daboll might not be just the Coach of the Year. He might be one of the best in the league -- already." -- Kerr

Edholm also said that Daboll is now the favorite to win Coach of the Year.

"Daboll waited patiently for his first head-coaching opportunity, and he's making the most of it so far. The Giants are 5-1 for the first time since 2009 after Sunday's comeback win over the Ravens, and it followed the same pattern as we've seen in each of New York's five victories. New York trailed 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but roared back with a 75-yard touchdown drive, followed by an interception and a fumble by Lamar Jackson in the final three minutes. Hat tip to ex-Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who no doubt deserved a game ball Sunday... Give Daboll Coach of the Year until someone takes it away from him." -- Edholm

"This Giants team is unflappable. They put up 90 yards in the first half, while the Ravens had 256. They were down 10 points with under 10 minutes remaining and their offense couldn't do much of anything. It doesn't matter with this group. They hang around and do just enough -- seemingly every week -- to win. The Giants may not have been the better or more talented team Sunday, yet they still found a way in the final minutes. This group is resilient." -- Raanan

Breech gave the Giants an A- for their Week 6 performance.

"The Giants didn't have 100 yards of total offense until the third quarter, but this team continues to win. Even after Lamar Jackson's interception late in the fourth quarter, it felt like the Ravens offense was going to march down the field and score a game-winning touchdown. Instead, first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux stripped Jackson and sealed the victory. The Giants defense was impressive. You could tell it wanted the opportunity to stand tall with the game on the line, and that's exactly what it did." -- Breech

Bautista calls the Giants the biggest surprise of the 2022 NFL season.

"They are, arguably, the biggest surprise of the NFL season in large part because in recent years, they lost games like this, so many of them, the ones where they got down by double digits early, where their playmakers were shut down for long stretches, where there were mistakes and hurdles and all the things that trip up teams that had a tendency to sag at the first sign of trouble." -- Bautista

"The Giants are a very well-coached team. Though coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka came from high-flying passing offenses in their last stops, they've turned the Giants into an explosive rushing team that takes care of the ball and plays good defense. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, who was let go from the Ravens for refusing to stop blitzing despite major defensive back injuries, is sticking with his aggressive style in New York and it's paying dividends. I don't think even the most optimistic Giants fan going into the season would have thought they'd be 5-1. This staff deserves a ton of credit. Saquon Barkley has been amazing as the focal point of the offense, as well." -- Nguyen

"New York football is back! This is the first time since 2009 that the Giants have gone 5-1 to start the season, and it's clear this team is building a consistent identity, something like what Matt Rhule wanted his Panthers to be: "The Toughest, Hardest-Working, Most Competitive Team in the NFL." Six weeks always feels like the point in the NFL season when you can really start to form an opinion, and the Giants have certainly shown us they can play with and beat anyone in close games because they are extremely well-coached." -- Kahler

"Nobody should want to play the Giants. They're overachieving because they play incredibly hard, execute situationally and are very obviously well-coached. Daboll deserves all the credit that he's gotten, but Martindale has earned his share, too. That defense is tough even though it's incredibly thin in the back end. These are all reasons why they continue to win close games — their margin of victory is 4.2 points. Looking ahead, the Giants play the Jaguars, Seahawks, Texans and Lions. If they don't have any hiccups, they could be 9-1 before they visit the Cowboys on Thanksgiving." -- Howe

Sherman listed both the Giants and Jets as winners of Week 6.

"The Jets and the Giants are each riding three-game win streaks—remarkable since the two teams combined for eight wins total in the 2021 season. It's the first time both teams have had three-game win streaks in the same season since 2015, let alone simultaneously. After beating Aaron Rodgers in London last week, the Giants faced another MVP as 5.5-point home underdogs to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. They would've won by double digits if Saquon Barkley hadn't slid short of the end zone to run out the clock." -- Sherman

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