NFL Snap Reactions (2022): Week Five

The New York Giants Are Genuinely Good

Even as a fan of Brian Daboll, I was skeptical of the Giants to start this year. In my defense, I had every reason to be! I’ve never been a fan of Daniel Jones, and to pile onto that, the Giants have been one of the NFL’s worst squads, with consistency, for the better part of the last decade. But it seems I underestimated Daboll after all, seeing as the Giants have transformed into perhaps the story of the year so far.

With their signature win over the Green Bay Packers in London, New York has improved to 4-1 on the season. Their only loss has come at the hands of the Cowboys, who look like one of the teams to beat in the NFC, especially when it comes to defensive play. The new-look Big Blue are going to face a massive test as they host the Ravens next week. I have to say, I’m excited to see what Daboll and friends will be able to cook up. I don’t have high expectations. If they can beat Baltimore and improve to 5-1, I’ll be stunned. But that’s football! And that’s what makes this Giants team so special.

The Jets Have Both Rookies Of The Year

I absolutely adored what the New York Jets were able to do in the NFL Draft this year, especially the first two rounds. Wouldn’t you know it, those same Jets are proving your favorite draft nerd bang-on right so far. New York has found themselves a couple of foundational pieces it would seem, in the forms of running back Breece Hall and cornerback Sauce Gardner. The Jets, at a surprising 3-2, have a swagger that very few teams can match right now.

Breece Hall racked up 197 all-purpose yards today, as the Jets cruised to a 40-17 win over Miami. Sure, the Dolphins were quarterbacked by seventh-round rookie Skylar Thompson, but he doesn’t play defense. Hall ran and received all over the ‘Phins in week five, and he wasn’t the only rookie with a stellar performance. Rookie Sauce Gardner collected a handful of tackles and his first career interception off of the young Thompson. The Jets are going to need this kind of production against the Packers next week, but with rookies firing like this, anything is possible.

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