The New York Giants defeated the Philidelphia Eagles in a heated divisional battle on Sunday.
The Giants were able to secure their third win of the season in a 27-17 victory over the Eagles. This divisional win was big for Joe Judge and the Giants as it puts them right back in the thick of things as they are only 1.5 games out of a playoff spot; yes, the NFC East is that bad. Nevertheless, there’s no saying how much a win like this (New York never trailed in the contest) can do for the players and the staff.
Here’s how this victory affected the stock of various aspects in the Giants organization.
Leonard Williams, DT
Leonard Williams is currently playing on a franchise tag and is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. This seems to have motivated the tackle to raise his stock in the contract year. And raise his stock he has.
Williams already has seven tackles for loss, 15 QB hits, and five sacks through ten games. This puts him on pace for career-highs in categories (11 TFLs, 26 QB hits, and seven sacks). Five of the QB hits that Leonard Williams has so far came in the most recent game against in East Rutherford. Here, Williams dominated the line of scrimmage, causing havoc all day.
James Bradberry, CB
James Bradberry continued his All-Pro campaign against a healthier Eagles receiving core. In the game, Bradberry had four tackles and two pass breakups, continuing his elite coverage. He was mostly on Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery who did not receive a catch and was held to one target. When Bradberry was not on Jeffery, he stilled played phenomenal, allowing only a 25-percent completion percentage, two catches, and only 15 yards.
Jabrill Peppers, S
Peppers has been a name on this stock-up list for a few weeks now due to his vast improvement in play. In the most recent match, Peppers had one of the better games of his career as he posted seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one QB hit, and half a sack. It is clear that Peppers is quickly learning this defense and how to maximize his play in it.
Daniel Jones, QB
Daniel Jones is another player who has improved and put himself on the stock-up side of things. This is the opposite of the beginning of the season where Jones’ stock dropped in nearly every game, making many wonder if the Giants should draft a quarterback.
Specifically, in week 10, Jones once again silenced all the doubters and played well. He posted a 75-percent completion percentage on 28 attempts while also passing for 244 yards with a QBR of 91.4. Jones also contributed to the team with his work on the ground, where he rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown. He is truly developing into a duel-threat quarterback that the team can rely on.
While this alone is probably enough to increase Danny Dimes’ stock, the icing on the cake was the fact that he did not commit a turnover for two straight games for the first time in his young career.
Wayne Gallman, RB
Gallman has done a solid job replacing Saquon Barkley. This was on display against Philly as he rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns, proving his worth as an elite reserve back.
Graham Gano, K
Gano made all of his kicks once again on Sunday, including a game-sealing 44-yard field goal. The constant perfection from the kicker earned him a contract extension just hours after the game. The extension is worth $14 million and runs through 2023. If anyone’s stock went up the most from the win, it was Gano’s as he saw immediate gratification.
Andrew Thomas, OT
Andrew Thomas continued to disappoint as the first-round pick on Sunday as he allowed four pressures, 2 QB hits, and a sack. The tackle also committed a costly holding penalty that brought back a Daniel Jones touchdown that would have likely sealed the deal for Big Blue. Thomas has shown no signs of improvement, and if this continues, he may not have a starting spot next season with Nate Solder’s return.
Shane Lemieux, OG
Lemieux struggled once again.
The rookie guard was simply outplayed on the line of scrimmage as he could not handle Philidelphia’s fierce defensive line. The guard allowed six pressures, four QB hurries, and a sack on the day. This put his pass-blocking grade from PFF at 14.2, which is one of the lowest it can reach.
Matt Peart, OT
Another rookie who struggled to defend the pass was Matt Peart. Despite just playing 5 pass-blocking snaps, Peart still allowed two pressures and a QB hit. He was inept in terms of protecting Daniel Jones, and this will need to improve if he wants to have a role with this team going forward.
Kyler Fackrell, EDGE
Kyler Fackrell did not have one of his best games on Sunday. He allowed four completions on all four targets for 39 yards. He also missed a team-high three tackles, which contributed to the Eagles running all over the Giants.
Blake Martinez, LB
Surprisingly enough, Blake Martinez was the worst-graded player by Pro Football Focus. And they did not get this wrong. He was outmuscled in the run game allowing the Eagles run for 156 yards on them. When it came time to make the tackle, he was never there as he only recorded 2 solo tackles. When we were there, he missed once, resulting in him missing on 33-percent of tackle attempts, which is not great numbers from a Mike linebacker. A heavy bounceback can be expected from Martinez as he has been one of the best linebackers in the NFL this season.