Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network:
The Giants started the season strong, but an already poor passing defense lost Adoree’ Jackson and has struggled to overcome the loss. However, New York’s roster is pretty close to being legitimate contenders in 2023, and could still sneak into the NFC playoffs this season if they can somehow find enough offense to outlast two of the Seahawks, Lions, and Commanders.
They helped their own cause on Sunday Night Football against their divisional opponent, the Washington Commanders. The team’s rag-tag group of secondary defenders was able to keep Washington’s receivers in check enough for a victory.
There was irony somewhere in Kayvon Thibodeaux’s strip-sack fumble recovery for a touchdown happening in the same week that ESPN’s Todd McShay brought up “character concerns” regarding Georgia’s Jalen Carter. The Giants first-round pick finished with three tackles-for-loss in the game, and was their defensive x-factor.