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Experts React: Giants 'keep finding ways to win'


The Giants traveled to Jacksonville and took care of business against the Jaguars, emerging with a 23-17 victory in Week 7.

The win moved the Giants to 6-1, their best record through seven games since 2008 when they started 11-1.

Saquon Barkley (110 rushing yards) and Daniel Jones (107 yards) became the first pair of Giants teammates to top 100 rushing yards in the same game since Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw did it in Minnesota on Dec. 13, 2010. Jones came up clutch when the Giants needed him most, as he registered his fifth game-winning drive and his fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season.

Experts across the NFL world weighed in on the Giants' win over the Jaguars and their incredible start to the year.

Here are expert takeaways.

Breech awarded the Giants an A for their performance against the Jaguars

"The Giants got another game where they didn't beat themselves. New York had no turnovers and didn't put the ball on the ground as the Giants used the second half to wear down the Jacksonville defense for another come-from-behind victory. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley each ran for 100 yards -- including 122 combined in the fourth quarter -- as the Giants scored 10 points in the final frame to take a 23-17 lead and hold on for the win. New York had a scare in the final seconds, but Fabian Moreau stopped Christian Kirk short of the end zone on the final play to make sure the Giants preserved the win. The Giants don't turn the ball over, they wear teams down and they make the tackles they need to. They're fundamentally sound and well coached, which is why they're 6-1." -- Breech

Saquon Barkley becomes a great closer

"Entering Sunday, Barkley had done his most damage as a runner in the second and third quarters. But in this game, when the Giants trailed 17-13 and needed an offensive spark, Barkley delivered. Through the first three quarter, he ran 14 times for 38 yards, as the Jaguars ganged up on him. But in the fourth quarter, Barkley came alive with 10 carries for 72 yards, helping the team hang on despite a late rush from the Jaguars. He also added four catches in the game for 25 yards. Barkley was guilty of not staying in bounds late in the game, which helped open the door for Jacksonville to have a shot to win it. But when the Giants absolutely needed yards late, they called on Jones and Barkley to carry the ball to freedom and a shocking 6-1 record." -- Edholm

Next Gen stat of the game: Daniel Jones was 10 of 14 passing for 105 yards and a TD on play-action passes (which came on 45.2% of his dropbacks Sunday).

NFL Research: Jones joins Lamar Jackson as the only players in 2022 with 200-plus pass yards, 100-plus rush yards, as well as rushing and passing TDs in a game. Only Jackson, Kyler Murray, Josh Allen and Jones have done this in a game since 2016.

Sherman listed the Giants as one of this week's winners

"We're in Week 7, and all seven of the Giants' games have been decided by one possession. They're 6-1, an 85.7 percent win percentage in 50-50 games. In Week 1, they beat the Titans by one point on a two-point conversion with a minute remaining, holding on when Tennessee's last-second field-goal attempt went wide left. Two weeks ago, they came back against the Packers from 14 points down—despite Daniel Jones's bleeding hand and Saquon Barkley missing time with an injury. Last week, they erased another double-digit deficit to beat the Ravens on a last-minute Barkley touchdown.

But Sunday may have been their most dramatic win yet. After scoring a go-ahead touchdown with five minutes remaining, New York led the Jaguars by six in the game's closing seconds. Jacksonville QB Trevor Lawrence threw a pass to Christian Kirk at the goal line, but a swarm of Giants defenders rallied to the ball and kept Kirk from getting in...

The Giants don't seem to be suffering because all their games are close. You'd expect a team playing one-possession games every week to be roughly .500—but the Giants are 6-1. This also doesn't happen very often: According to TruMedia, they're the first team with six one-score wins in their first seven games since the 2000 Minnesota Vikings." -- Sherman

"The Giants keep finding ways to win, even if it's just by 1 yard. Trevor Lawrence and the Jags' offense were on the doorstep late in the game, but Lawrence's pass to Christian Kirk was stuffed at the 1-yard line as time expired. The Giants leaned for most of three quarters on the arm -- and legs -- of quarterback Daniel Jones, with Jacksonville concentrating on limiting Saquon Barkley (72 of his 110 rushing yards came in the fourth quarter). Jones threw for 202 yards and a touchdown and ran for 107 yards and another score. It's what they needed against a Jaguars defense that has been strong in stopping the run. This was the kind of game that showed Jones (despite five dropped passes) has the ability to not only manage games but win them. He led his fourth fourth-quarter comeback this season." -- Raanan


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