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What the experts are saying going into WC Weekend

ANDREW-THOMAS

The Giants have garnered plenty of praise this week leading up to their Wild Card matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Andrew Thomas and Dexter Lawrence were officially named to the AP NFL All-Pro Second Team on Friday. This came after the pair were both selected to Pro Football Focus' All-Pro First-Team list earlier in the week, in addition to Lawrence being named to the first ever Players' All-Pro Team, which was voted on exclusively by the players.

"It's great to be recognized for your individual success, but I think the team's success is bigger," Thomas said about making the All-Pro Team. "And that's what I'm focused on right now in the playoffs. I'm looking forward to it."

The praise continued on Friday as numerous media outlets selected members of the Giants for various awards and honors.

Check out what the experts are saying about the Giants leading up to Sunday's Wild Card matchup below.

View photos from practice as the Giants get ready for their Wild Card matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

"In a division that saw none of the four teams finish under .500 after 17 games were played, the Giants landed as the No. 6 seed in the conference, making it to the playoffs for only the second time in more than a decade, and for the first time since 2016...

There were indeed many great coaching jobs in 2022. But Daboll gets the nod for taking a Giants team that looked to be destined for yet another non-playoff season into the tournament." -- Mike Florio

"Andrew Thomas took a massive jump this season, morphing from an offensive tackle who was trending in the right direction to arguably the best left tackle in the game. It took until he encountered Micah Parsons for him to surrender his first sack this season, and he gave up a total of 21 pressures in 16 games..." -- Sam Monson

"The rookie pass rusher really started to make his mark as a playmaker down the stretch, with three sacks, six tackles for loss, five QB hits, 28 total tackles and a defensive touchdown in his final five games of the regular season. Thibodeaux's initial quickness and "bend and burst" overwhelms lumbering edge blockers, resulting in big hits, sacks and turnovers. Considering the Giants' formula for success hinges on a complementary approach that relies on takeaways, the rookie's persistent pressure as a dominant pass rusher could tip a close playoff game in New York's favor." -- Bucky Brooks

"Thibodeaux keeps getting better as he gains more experience. You're seeing his confidence grow." -- Daniel Jeremiah

"Lawrence was a dominant force all season for the Giants and had a career year." -- Sam Monson

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