While the coaching staff could have been better, one can not really fault a brand new staff with two wins and zero losses under their belt.
Brian Daboll seemed to have his troops ready from the get-go as they were able to force a first-play turnover. His time management and decision-making towards the end of each half seemed reasonable and there was not anything to really write home about one way or the other. In the end, New York came out with the win, and Daboll’s record as a head coach improves to 2-0.
As for the coordinators, one would have probably liked to see some more creative play calls from Mike Kafka. The offense did not look great and after putting their playmakers in space failed to work on the first two drives they started to go away from it and run a vanilla offense. A more downfield passing attack would have prevented the box from being stacked and opened up running lanes for the Giants’ best player, Barkley.
Finally, the Giants’ play-calling needs to improve in the red zone as they were only able to score one touchdown on three red zone trips
On the other hand, many would say that Wink Martindale won the game for the Giants. The former Ravens defensive coordinator got the very best from a defense that is clearly lacking in talent. He schemed up pressure to bother Mayfield, a quarterback he has seen a few times over the past couple of years.
Martindale also had the Giants playing amazing red zone defense as the Panthers only scored one touchdown on four red zone trips. Hopefully, for Big Blue, this masterclass can continue from Martindale as he plays the Dallas Cowboys without Dak Prescott on Monday night.