Green Bay Packers Opponent Season Preview: Week 5 New York Giants | #GoPackGo


The Green Bay Packers will be taking the show to London on October 9th as they square off against the New York Football Giants. While this clash will feature a rich history, I'm not convinced the Giants are a competitive matchup... yet.


New York Giants Season Preview

The Giants are finally doing all the things intelligent teams do. David Gettleman wasn't always a bad GM, but he had a way cap strapping every team he was in charge of. During his second stint in New Jersey, it was clear any magic he did have was gone and left the Giants $40 million in the hole. Their new GM, Joe Schoen, is left in the undesirable situation of digging them out of these overinflated contracts.

Front Office and Coaching

You can never be sure, but Schoen feels like the right man for the job. He was assistant GM for the Buffalo Bills over the past five years and helped move them from the basement to the top of the league. Schoen didn't have the money to make much of an impact in free agency, but the Giants still made the best signing of the offseason, inking Brian Daboll as their field general for the foreseeable future.


If you ask anyone within the Bills organization, Daboll had much to do with Josh Allen's development. While I think it's too late to salvage Daniel Jones' career, the next signal-caller to take snaps in the meadowlands will be stepping into a place that's 110% better than anything Jones could've imagined.


Quarterback

After showing promise in his rookie year, Jones has gotten worse every season since. Not entirely his fault, this season, his offensive line ranked 28th according to ESPN's Pass Block Win Rate, 30th in PFF's Pass Blocking Grade, and their offense as a whole was ranked dead last by Football Outsider's DVOA in 2021. It was no better in 2020, as ESPN and PFF ranked the New York Giants dead last in pass blocking. Daniel Jones hasn't got to see a lot of sunshine out in front of him.


While I recognize Jones hasn't gotten a lot of help, he can't stop turning the fucking ball over. Despite only playing 11 games, he finished with 14 turnovers. It's not just interceptions either; he can't hang on to the ball. Many people are excited to see him in Daboll's offense because of the designed runs the Bills would call with Allen. The difference is that Allen doesn't have a fumbling issue and is built like a brick shit house.


Daniel Jones has missed ten games due to injury and put the ball on the turf 36(!!!) times over the past three seasons. That's the guy you're going to run the ball with? No, not a chance. People telling themselves Daniel Jones could be the next Josh Allen are the same people who think Ben Simmons could be Giannis. Yes, there are some similarities from a distance, but up close, they're just built differently. This comparison is actually an insult to Simmons; that's how bad Jones has been once you look at the numbers.


Any Reason for Optimism?

The Giants roster is a disaster, their quarterback isn't any good, and their last GM left them in cap hell, so what is there to look forward to? Everything else! Joe Schoen is slowly chipping away at this roster. They snagged Mark Glowinski from the Colts to help stabilize one of the guard positions, and the two best players in the draft might've fallen in their lap.


Both Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal sat atop many people's draft boards following the college football season. Thibodeaux jumps out of the screen athletically and is the type of pass-rusher that can instantly fix what ales ya on the defensive side of the ball. Neal is a versatile lineman that competent teams love. He's slated to be their right tackle, lining up opposite lone bright spot, Andrew Thomas, but he can also be slotted into the guard spot.


The rest of their draft looked great as well, although that's normal when teams have a garbage roster; every pick you make looks like it's fixing a weakness.


How do the Giants Matchup with the Packers?

All that said, the New York Giants will still be in trouble when they roll into the newly minted Tottenham Hotspur Stadium come October. The Giant's o-line is on its way to being fixed, but the Packer's front seven is menacing. New York, like Green Bay, possesses one of the worst receiving cores in the league, which will be a problem for Daniel Jones as he attempts to navigate the best secondary in the NFL.


After consecutive weeks facing the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a vacation to London against the Giants will be a welcome reprieve for Aaron Rodgers and company. New York's secondary has been completely reworked, and even though new defensive coordinator, Wink Martindale, is one of the best in the league - he doesn't have the ingredients to turn them into the Big Blue Wrecking Crew quite yet.



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