The New York Giants season is still going strong after losing 31-18 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but there was definitely some truth to how that game played out. The Giants are 7-3, but they’re not legitimate Super Bowl contenders – and that’s okay.
Two things may be true about where the giants are right now: This season has been a huge success under first-year head coach Brian Daball. as well as this team is not as good as their track record suggests.
This may be an uncomfortable truth to be revealed as the season progresses, but it’s not a fact that Giants fans have to work or argue about it for the rest of the season. This is the best year since 2015 and will likely lead to a playoff berth unless something goes wrong in the second half of the season. It’s a reason to celebrate the success of the Giants, and Sunday’s game is a reminder that there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The Giants played tight games for most of the season, learning how to win those games and get to the finish line. However, if the Giants want to be a team that can start repeating these performances for years to come, it’s important to understand that this is only the first step towards sustainable dominance. Good teams make mistakes from time to time, but they usually have no problem maintaining offensive attacks against what has been the worst defense in football all season long, as the Giants did against the Lions. This was a game where the lack of depth created by previous modes really reared its ugly head.
Even though the Giants are 7-3 in the season, their advanced stats aren’t all that appealing, especially on defense. According to Ben Baldwin of The Athletic, the Giants are 22nd in expected points added per game on defense (.043) and 17th in success rate (44.2%). Not bad for a team in their first year with a new coaching staff, but not exactly indicative of a team that is ready to make the playoffs. To be fair, they are better offensively, ranking ninth in expected scoring per game (.055). Dabol has certainly entered the Coach of the Year race thanks to the way the season has unfolded.
A sobering loss to the Lions doesn’t dampen the prospect of a great future for this Giants mode. The loss of second-round rookie wide receiver Van’Dale Robinson to an ACL tear hurts, but they’ve received quality play from other young players like Dexter Lawrence, Andrew Thomas, Evan Neal, Kayvon Thibodeau and others.
This past weekend should adjust fans’ expectations for the rest of the season, but their future is still exciting. They still have a great chance of making the playoffs in what should have been a makeover year, and that’s worth worrying about even if they most likely won’t play for the Super Bowl.