What can Andrew Mack, What's How are we? I am doing great, Adam.
You know, we had kind of a mixed bag over the last couple of days will go into it.
But overall, I am feeling great.
And I'm wearing blue for the Big Blue today as well. You should.
I'm wearing green because it was clean and I found it next to the bed in the news.
Friends in the news.
Listen, this is gonna be a brief touch here.
Might as well acknowledge it, but let's not belabor it. O B.
J had some comments around his time with the New York football giants.
And, uh, I don't want to call it revisionist history because here's the reality.
A lot of what he mentioned, I think is accurate, right? The team didn't do a good job surrounding Eli Manning with talent.
They didn't construct a roster that was capable of winning.
Also, you weren't a very good team, mate.
You weren't carrying yourself the way you're supposed to as a young leader who is one of the best players on the team, and he thoughts there beyond what o.
J had to say, Well, this is just such gold, and it is to use it to your point.
Not only is it revisionist history, it's its's.
Odell Beckham is now playing three d chess like I really do in his mind.
The mental gymnastics get there is so tough in this interview, he reflects on his time with the Giants and says, You know, I was just upset that they didn't get Eli Manning more help.
Meanwhile, he's going on like morning talk shows with little Wayne next to him, And he's like, Eli is not my quarterback.
I want out of New York and it's like he totally forgets all these things.
And and Adam, I will say the best part about it is like the three d Chess is that he found a way to force himself out to get the Giants more draft picks and better quality players like your Bill Peppers around him.
So, in a way, Odell sacrifice It was a sacrificial lamb in order to get Eli Manning what he needed.
Yeah, he looked around and he said, Listen, the Onley way that I can get my boy.
What he needs is for me to leave.
And if that's not the ultimate, the ultimate in love and support of the franchise, you never thought you'd ever leave.
Then that, ultimately, is the reality there for that.
For for for O, B J and the New York football giants.
Listen, I just think this is a player who, if he could have he would have gone back and done it differently, and I think that that's the better way to frame.
It is I just wish I had done things differently.
Yes, the team was struggling, and I would have liked to have been a part of the solution.
Hey, you're on a good team, even if you're injured.
The Cleveland Irons were doing well for themselves.
If Carter Coughlin is my boy, the nanny Mackel, it's his adopted son. Has to be.
Nicola officially got signed to the 53 man roster in conjunction with releasing Trent Harris, who they think will make it through to get on to the practice squad who, go ahead, buddy, take a lap.
This was important because he had been elevated Nicola twice to the active roster, so once that happens, he now becomes eligible to get signed off the practice squad by other teams.
This was both needed for the defense, but also needed to keep him on there.
And it rewards a player who listen.
I don't want to glean this the wrong way.
Had a little bit of a Ryan Connolly kind of appearance here, right? Flashes onto the field, makes a couple of big plays, and he gets rewarded.
At least right now, being a part of this roster going forward, well, I mean, let's just be honest in limited snaps.
Ego Alice has been playing awesome like he's been. He's been great.
He's played like 10 snaps total, and he's like pro football.
Focus rating is above 75. It's 77.
When he's on the field, the ball just seems to find him now.
Is this going to be a long term, sustainable thing? I'm not sure.
Do we think that he's now in limited snaps? It's going to extrapolate that he's gonna have four fumble recoveries in two interceptions every game.
I think not, but at the same time the guy has played his heart out and he deserves a roster spot.
There's no other way around it.
If it would have been a malpractice lawsuit against Dave Gettleman and the front office if they didn't let this guy stay on the 53 man roster.
After all that, he's done in limited snaps.
Yeah, and then you're also talking about some injuries that they've been dealing with in and around the linebacking corps.
So, you know you want to take a guy.
If he's showing you something, you wanna hold on Touma's? Well, so a little little tip of the hat to Nico.
Glad to see that he's making it through and hopefully can continue to be a contributor down the stretch for the Giants.
I mean, Adam, Adam Nico first got a shout out from LeBron James, and then he got the ultimate shout out from the O G P one giant podcast like he's on Lee going up in everyone's eyes.
You know, he heard LeBron James, he said, That's good, that's good.
But I'm really waiting on that.
OTP Shut out something here that I'm waiting for.
Someone actually plugged in.
You know, someone's really plugged into what's happening.
Now, uh, in regards to one Daniel Jones, who was told by Joe Judge this past week that he wouldn't be playing and did not take that too kindly.
Expectations are that that Daniel Jones will play this week against Arizona.
But you do have Joe Judge.
You said I have to go to him and I had to be the one that had to sit him down, Obviously, on the head coach this past week, they said, We're going to give them an opportunity to go out there on the practice feel this week and show that he can defend himself right on the field properly.
So it does still come down to and I get it, and I while I anticipate him playing, I think this does make sense because it still comes down to, and judge went on to say, We need to do right by him in the short and long term, right? So it can't be.
You look a little gimpy.
If you look like you can't rule out of that pocket, it's not going to be worth the long term risk, potentially, even though it's just a hamstring, you know, I wouldn't be shocked if he doesn't look right these next few days of practice I don't think Joe Judge and the Giants are going to hesitate toe hold him out another week, regardless of the implications for the playoff run.
I think Joe Judge proved it last week that even though that was a game that we didn't expect to win, but we would have had we thought a better chance of pulling off the upset if Daniel Jones was part of that offense and they held him out.
And so you're when Joe Judge talks about saying we want to care about him in the long and the short term, he actually means it.
It looks like it is.
He's holding the player back from potentially a very serious injury.
I'd say you know, at this point, I think it's kind of a coin flip.
It's it's 50 50 in terms of whether he gives it a go.
But I think also, you know and we can get into this later.
The Vegas odds are basically saying the way that defense is playing in the in the way that we're running the football like I don't really know how much it's going to swing the line.
If Daniel Jones ends up playing you 100% will get into the back end of the show, where that line currently stands, heading into that tilt with Arizona and just overall what it means for the Giants as they look to make this playoff push.
But first off last off, first off the division battle right, it rages on.
So we did see the upset victory by the Washington football team over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dallas gonna cowboy as they fall to the Baltimore Ravens on a classic Tuesday night battle.
What's becoming a classic Tuesday night battle for the NFL this season? But in spite of that now, depending on listening to go by a lot of different metrics.
But right now we're getting a 50% chance to win the division, which adds up because these guys are tied up.
And then what really plays into the factor there? In spite of the Giants having swept the Washington football team, the strength of schedule is really what's playing into playing a part in there as well.
But 54% to make the playoffs.
Thio either does the Do you think it should be higher for the division just because they've swept the Washington football team.
There are still, you know, the Ravens, the Cleveland Browns, the Arizona Cardinals.
I mean, these are all competitive teams, all playoff bound teams, or at least in that area.
Before we get to Dallas the final week of the season, the Giants have in the top third toughest schedule remaining of of any of the teams.
Three Cowboys, I think, have the easiest schedule of anyone that that's remaining, which is surprising.
And and Philadelphia and Washington are kind of tucked in the middle.
Listen, I mean, that upset by Washington over the Steelers makes it so that the Seattle game was just us keeping pace with what we need to be doing in order to be working from ahead.
The Giants still control their own destiny, which is what you always want to say about a team.
If they win four games in a row, they make the playoffs.
If they lose any of these games coming up, that gives Washington and opportunity to potentially run the table.
So I I do think that the Giants were playing really good football.
I do see that cowboy game at the end of the year is a real gettable game for the Giants at home.
And you know the way that Arizona is playing right now.
I mean, they're a little bit of a mess.
The Ravens, while they beat the Cowboys and just pounded them on the ground.
I mean, the Giants are are fourth in rush defense in the entire league, so we actually match up well, relatively against the Ravens.
So, like there are opportunities for the Giants to get someone's here that maybe Vegas is saying these games are coin flips.
Yeah, and the problem there for me as well, not problem.
Actually, the benefit if I wanted to frame that correctly, would be that the reason why you're seeing, because this may have been a little bit surprised for people, at least you would have thought at this stage were five and seven.
The reason why the playoff odds remember extra playoff spot this year in the n f C N a F C.
So when you go into this and you think about okay, the N F C East winner is going to be there.
But then in the North, it's six and six Vikings holding the second position in that division.
Tampa Bay is seven and five.
And then you have Seattle right now at 84 Arizona at six and six.
So when you talk about being the team in behind those first two wild card spots, let's assume for sake of argument, it's going to be Tampa, and it's going to be Seattle.
We're only a game out of the Minnesota Vikings who right now, by most metrics, they're not terribly high on making the playoffs.
In spite of being six and six, you throw in the Cardinals, obviously, the Bears. They're five and seven.
However, it shakes out.
So the Giants could still have a path here.
You said, you know, go on a four game win streak another four game win streak as it were, go nine and seven and just lock things up.
But you could lose one of these last three games, find yourself in 88 still get into the playoffs through a wild card, Which that would be.
That would be something that I wouldn't yeah, a stroke of genius by the New York football giants in that regard.
So it's exciting and it's just nice to know those things on the table, Potentially to your point.
There's a great game coming up this Sunday, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing those Minnesota Vikings.
One of those teams is gonna potentially have to lose that game, right? And so and so when you think about it, that is another opportunity for the Giants to gain a game on either one of those teams because we need to gain ground on either one or both.
So this is a great matchup for the Giants to be in.
Were also playing the Arizona Cardinals, who are another team that we have to leapfrog.
So, like all of this is in front of the Giants, it is wild to me.
It would be so 2020 if two NFC East teams get into the playoffs after everyone saying this is all time historic, worst division in football and then they end up getting two teams in.
Think about that.
You mentioned the Cowboys, who missed three field goals last night against Baltimore.
So even though it looks like you know, should beat them well in handsome good signals for the Giants in terms of playing Baltimore in a couple of weeks, but, uh, you know, if you're Baltimore, you get you know, you could have been giving up mid twenties against the Dallas Cowboys.
That would have been a pretty picture there, either on then.
As you say, if you're coming to this weekend, you wanna go ahead and pick your battles.
You want Tampa Bay to beat the Minnesota Vikings, just in case anyone's wondering.
You want them to win? You want us to beat Arizona because it drags all of these potential third wild card teams down and elevates us up.
So that's where you want your eyes to be as we look ahead to the weekend, at least through my particular peepers.
Now first off last off last off Andrew Mackiewicz, Andrew Thomas get selected to pro football.
Focus is offensive line of the week.
He comes out of this game, where he put up in 86.
7 past protection rating and 84.
3 run blocking rating.
This is now four consecutive weeks.
His last four games has put up his best four grades of the season in terms of pass protection.
In case you're wondering his overall pro football focus number is still in the mid toe.
Remember where he started from? But he has over taken shout out, too.
Pessimistic Mike Jed.
Rick Wills, Who was somebody that that he thought should have taken in the draft? And he hasn't had a bad season.
It's not a knock on that player, but Andrew Thomas now has a better pro football focus rating than him and also played 100% of the snaps not to gild the lily on a future segment.
A fan favorite segment, if I will.
UM, how good is it? Just toe? Have Andrew Thomas playing as well as he is toe.
Have this offensive line really come out and play well post Colombo era for this offensive line as well.
Where there's some outside speculation.
What's it gonna cost them? Could we see regression? Well, how important was Colombo? It turns out, not at all.
It turns out it was a lot of Joe Judge.
You bring in the Goucher, you let him take over, and this offensive line continues to build conference.
Throughout this season, I can't decide what makes me more happy the way that these played against Seattle and how they're trending because we were beaming on Monday, or the fact that both of us put all of our chips in the center of the table on one Andrew Thomas during the draft.
We wanted the Giants to select him.
We did all the tape and film breakdown on all of the different tackles available, and we thought Andrew Thomas was the best of the bunch.
The first 3 to 4 weeks tested that love and commitment that we had to Andrew Thomas.
But if you listen to what we said, we believe that this guy was going to get better and better.
And my estimation was that it was Will Hernandez That was really, you know, causing problems on that left side of the line.
Maybe e mean this even brings my mind back to Maybe Nate solder next year comes back, and he's not as bad as he was, because maybe we have him in a different position with a different guard next to him there.
This opens my mind up to so many things, but more importantly, this makes me so happy to think that we have a guy that is in his rookie year that is winning offensive linemen of the week.
He is getting stronger every single week.
It looks like the game is slowing down for him every single week.
And, man, if we have a guy that we're going to say, let's put a check mark next to the left tackle for the next 10 years like that is something the Giants have not had in decades.
And, you know, going into the offseason this offseason of coming.
Remember, if you want to speak some techniques for a player, I'm actually all for that.
Like I'm excited about what he can continue to grow into as you build off the baseline that he brought in from Georgia.
Understanding it right now, using what he knows is your best path that have some success here in the combination with the other players across that line are really allowing this team toe look strong on the front, especially when you have a guy like Colt McCoy, right? You needed this team to be strong at the offensive line this past week, and they're able to do so, so certainly felt good about that.
A quick shout out if we may over on sportscast.
Sort of moral BB for fan as well as Sean goes to Portland for the thumbs up finger and a jar of coins.
Ah, the tips, my friend.
If only I could reach out and grab them, we could be having an extra hand which never hurts and maybe a couple shekels to do something with Also hello to Mary LP fan as well.
Thanks for joining in on the live broadcast.
Now, I said, First off, last off, last off.
But what I should have said comma dot dot, dot period Postmark returned to sender.
First off last off again Power rankings.
Do you know you could go by a lot of different metrics? You can check out NBC Sports.
You could look on ESPN all these different places, But where do you think the Giants are percolating rate now around the NFL power rankings? I would say if I had to guess so full disclosure.
Adam asked me prior to the show to not look up a few of the key stats it and some of the ranking.
So this is just shooting off the hip on some of these things.
But if I had to guess, I'd say the Giants have probably 15th right now.
I mean, I guess not too shabby, buddy.
Over on NBC Sports.
You can find them right there in 15th position.
By another metric, you confined them as high as 14th, just behind teams like the Indianapolis Colts.
Ironically, in some of these standings, they're still behind the Arizona Cardinals.
It's interesting, Thio, look and see, you know where is the value being placed? Even teams that are maybe struggling like Arizona has of late versus a team on the rise like the New York football Giants.
But But if I told you that, we could be as we're going to touch in here on the defensive side of the bowl, and when asked Logan, Ryan said, What was it? You know, What was it that brought you in here that made you feel that you could do this on the defensive side of the ball? Logan, Logan, Ryan.
Plain and simple belief and unselfishness.
That's what he went with, he said.
Listen, we just we understand that collectively as a unit were very strong on that side of the ball when we think about the power rankings.
Obviously, it's heavily weighted by what we're doing on that side of the ball.
How good does it feel? I mean, this is a feel good Wednesday show, buddy.
How good does it feel to be a team in the middle slightly above average rankings for NFL football right now? I mean, when we came into the year, you and I, this is it's almost further interesting that we talked about, well, where could the offense and defense be right? And we said, Wow, this should be a pretty exciting offense.
It hasn't quite gotten there the way we anticipated, But defensively we said if we could be sniffing around 20th in defense boy, that would really that would really get us excited and make it seem like we have a chance here to do something on the side of the ball.
And we're just outperforming across the board.
You brought up Logan Ryan.
So he was on one of the morning shows yesterday doing an interview with Colin Coward, and I gotta tell you, he is such a good interview.
You could tell that he has so much going on upstairs like he is thinking about every small detail, you know, they asked them about why it took him so long to sign during the off season.
He was like, No, I wanted.
I wanted the right mix of being able to get playing time you know, a team that I believed in a team that I thought I could impact.
And then also, it also helped that he had had previous experience with both Joe Judge and Patrick Graham in New England.
But when they asked him, you know, what was the difference in the last few weeks? He basically talked about how the Giants are paying more attention to those critical situations that can really turn.
Ah, a short loss, a one score game into a win he talked about, You know, third downs, he said.
Third down defense in the beginning of the year, they just weren't getting off the field.
You know, turnover, battle, running the football there, you know, penalties, thes air, things like he identified three or four different ones that are like this is the difference between winning and losing in the NFL. It's not.
This team has that much more talent than us.
It's not Oh my God, they're gonna beat us by five touchdowns and we need all these gim**** plays in order to do it.
He's like there are four or five critical plays in every game, and we're just getting better at identifying those and making sure that we are aware when they need to be happening.
No, it's fantastic.
And to your point, I just I love a good interview, right? A player that really is insightful.
And Hannah has thoughtful answers when given a question, and Logan Ryan has done that across the board throughout the season.
Shout out to Mary LP fan foam finger, Andy, we can't get stopped over here.
I mean, I need another hand.
Thank goodness I got that thumb along the way as well.
Thank you for the tip in the broadcast there.
Now, before we do, move on to the final and fan favorite segment.
Of course, we will touch in here.
The Giants are 10th overall in terms of total yards, surrendered on the defensive side of the ball, middle of the pack against the past fourth, allowing just 96 yards per game on the ground.
And then in that points category as well. Defensively.
Good for a top 10 finish.
We are talking about ninth overall, surrendering just a hair over 22 points per game.
So the the supplemental point here is like we're really good against the run and that's awesome, right? But everything else that we're doing is really coming down to, uh, group effort, right? This is about a team mentality.
It's about swarming to the ball.
We talked about the secondary.
Yes, we love what James Bradbury is doing, and we love what Jabrill Peppers is doing.
But we don't necessarily have all the pieces in all the places.
And then when you think about the linebacking corps, we have dealt with injuries throughout as well.
We don't have the traditional pass rushing off the edge that you might wanna have to.
So the mere fact that you're talking about a team top 10 defense worst against the past is still 15 or above its just another.
Another staff that speaks to the idea off what we're getting from this defense great group effort across the board.
So we will, of course, continue to hope to see that against the Arizona Cardinals and in the meantime, though, we move on to it.
Friends, Come on, Say it with me now.
I look back at the snap count from the previous week's game, and when we dive in on these numbers, Andrew, there's some good things that I really that I really wanted to take a look at here, and that's going to be in regards Thio the running back room.
And then we'll, of course, get onto the defensive side and the reason why I bring up the running backs.
It'd be easy to sit here and say, Well, Wayne, golf has been absolutely dominant, and we saw what Alfred Morris contributed.
But what if I went ahead and said, Let me blow your mind here, friend? Oh, if I can 50% of the snaps for Wayne Goldman.
Let me say that again.
The guy touched the ball 16 times, ran for a career high 135 yards on 28 offensive snaps.
This past week, that was a mind blower for me.
You got 2021% from from Dion, Lewis and Morris gave you just 11 touches also had a really nice clip there on those looks, but this is maximizing value with the looks that you're getting right, and it speaks back to the offensive line and the way that Jason Garrett is coaching this offensive, finding ways to get really value on a down to down situation.
What's crazy to me is they're using Wayne Goldman right now the way that I believe they would be using a healthy, say, Kwan Barkley.
That's that's the type of usage he's getting and he's delivering.
I mean, it's incredible what He had eight points, something 8.
4 yards per carry out there against the third ranked rushing defense in the entire league.
I mean, he was otherworldly.
There was no way that you could take him off the field like unless he was like tapping his helmet like I gotta I gotta take a breather.
He was the bell cow.
What I thought was fascinating actually was thesis.
Nap counts for the wide receivers.
Adam, just knowing that we were going with such jumbo formations.
Darius Layton was the Onley wide receiver to play more than 50% of the snaps.
He played 91% and the craziest thing is that he had one catch for like 14 yards.
So, like it blows my mind.
We only have one wide receiver out there for the majority of the time.
You have guys like Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard that are under 50%.
Um, in terms of how much they're, they're getting snap counts and we still were able to move the ball effectively.
I notice that number is well for Darius Layton, and it made me think this will be something that will probably circle back on to briefly at the top of the show on Friday as we look ahead to Arizona.
And that's gonna be what is his blocking reading, then, as at the wide receiver position, because I do wonder when you're talking about these schemes and we mentioned that Evan Ingram looked pretty good.
We set it on the Monday show involved in the run blocking game as well in front of Wing Goldman in front of Alfred Morris.
So I'd be curious to see how has Darius Slay and created out as a blocking wide receiver because that could play a big factor.
You say, no matter what looks we're trying to give you here.
We're still gonna use one of our better pass blocking receivers to make sure that we open up many holes or seal off edge is primarily when you're lining up on the on the outside there.
And to me, that probably extends as well into the tight end group where, in spite of last week, where we saw, you know, almost was almost 100% 96% of the snaps.
Reverend Graham, he gets back down where we thought he would be.
Should be. And that's in the seventies.
Remember, we were waiting for Kane Smith, who was out with injury.
He comes back, gets right back onto the field, plays 66% of the staff.
You get almost 60% for Toy Loa.
So the tight end group again is about balance, and it's about helping and pass and run blocking and just giving a lot of different looks into your point about jumbo packages, right? Yeah, here's a lot of big bodies now.
Kaden Smith isn't a traditional blocking tight end, either, but it's just gonna it's gonna come at you from different ways.
That's what I think Jason Garrett is looking at here on the offensive side of the ball where he goes, Yeah, You don't know what's gonna happen next.
May be even Ingram is just gonna be blocking purely on this play.
Maybe we're gonna like Kate Smith leak out.
Maybe we're gonna be using Darius latent as a primary blocker as well.
So just a great job.
They're mixing it up.
And and again, though, I think that tight end balance.
So we talked about going forward.
That's what you want to see.
I don't think the more you leave him on the field is the more you at least given opportunity for him to get exposed in a particular area.
Well, and when you talk about balance, I think about on the defensive side of the ball.
You know, it felt like Leonard Williams was everywhere on every play at every time.
Like he was an absolute monster.
His snap count was his snap count percentage was almost identical to his last eight weeks.
So, like he got the same amount of reps and it felt like he was playing on the field more like they were asking more from him.
He was just that much of a force that he was out there consistently.
And so, you know, I wanted to give a shout out like they're playing him the same amount.
He's just continuing to get better and better and better when he's out on the field, even against tremendous talent like Russell Wilson.
And But, you know, I buried the lead.
I buried the lead because I think there's someone that you wanna highlight in terms of their snap counts on the defensive side of the ball.
Maybe it could be your man crush Wednesday here It might be man crush season, quite frankly.
And before we do, though, I will say we we didn't highlight the top of the show.
Blake Martinez sore back.
That's what he ended up coming down with in terms of injury updates.
He should be okay, but he comes out of this game.
It only ends up playing on Lee.
I say, because he's played 100% of the snaps every game, nearly to this point of the season, he ends up playing in 83% of the snaps and then you start to spread this ball around right.
Who's gonna pick up those snap counts.
You can say Take Crowder, who saw jump in these past two weeks from injury 27 54.
But it's going toe.
Have to be my boy.
Seeing an enormous 63% of the snap count, Carter Coughlin has slid right in.
And when you think about guys that are gonna be able to take over there, it's interesting, and this kind of this does go back to and I'm not gonna.
I'm not gonna over boast and say that I knew it all along kind of scenario.
But when you talk about what Carter Coughlin's measurables are, it's hard to identify.
Where do you want to best utilize him? I think the beauty of him is that he's a smart enough player.
He's a quick enough player, and he has enough of the baseline.
Skill sets at every different phase of the game.
Not not not a leap across the board, but you can plug them in at a couple of different spots and ask him to do a couple of different things he gets on the field.
You can play them inside their replacing Blake Martinez.
It stretches you can move them on to the edge and getting after the quarterback as well.
I've been absolutely obviously excited about it.
I don't want to see it come due to injury, but he's getting himself into the rotation along with Take Crowder and you're seeing this youth movement now for the New York football Giants defense.
That really makes this future look incredibly bright, especially the linebacking corps where we have for so many years said, Why don't we just going to be solid, like That's what we've wanted, right? And now we're there with potential exciting upside for some of these guys.
You know? Another surprising, um, snap percentage that I think we wanted to highlight was Xavier McKinney.
They are still very cautiously bringing him back in the fold, less than 10% of the total snaps.
It was surprising to see it that low. It really.
They are making a commitment to say we are slowly going to be integrating him in, and that's fine because the defense has been playing so well.
What what I think it's surprising is that Julian Love continues to have 60 65% of the snaps they have him out there when we kinda saw mixed bag from him earlier in the year.
They still have faith with him.
I kind of think as we get towards the you know, towards the back end of the season, we'll see, you know, if you ever McKinney's numbers move up.
Maybe Julian loves move slightly down to get a little bit more balanced there.
But, I mean, they're taking their time with Xavier McKinney and they can afford to, because there's no holes that this defense has at this moment that I could see.
Well, that And that's that's what was about to say was, That's the benefit, right? When everything feels like it's really clicking on all cylinders for you.
Defensively, there's a couple of a couple aspects, right? This is a rookie player.
He still needs to get his feet wet, understand the playbook, feel comfortable getting out there.
You wanna put him out there in good spots.
And also you don't wanna upset the apple cart, right? Like things were going really well.
Even if Julian Love can be a little bit up and down on a week to week basis.
But they found a role for him.
Well, when we've seen him on the field now you're not saying Oh my God, he's got overexposed there.
Oh, he got really be there.
And that's also progress of players.
By the way, to Yatim looks significantly better than he did at the start of the season start of the season, when we swapped him out and brought him in, gave up on a draft pick to bring him across from Denver.
We just thought, Okay, plugged this body in and after a couple of weeks, he said.
Alright, so that's not the answer.
You end up with Ryan Lewis their first stretch, but I think there's tremendous value to for defensive players to get out there and go, Oh my God, lot going on and then get to step back and get to get on the sidelines and get to get in the playbook in the film room and really see what you're doing Well, what other with the offense is doing to try to expose you a little bit and make some adjustments.
So we've seen those improvements from yet, Um, we've seen them from Julian Love and I think to your point as well as we get towards the back end of the season, if you could get a little bit of a bigger sample size, a little bit of a bigger sample size for McKinney.
All of a sudden, when you talk about getting into that wild card game, that first divisional round game, depending on what the Giants do here, you can have a riel.
No pun intended X factor that you can mix in there with some deep looks at safety, maybe bringing down around the Bronx and create flexibility for Logan Ryan for Jabrill Peppers.
And that could just be another dynamic element that this defense has.
But there's no pressure to it.
And that's the beautiful part for Patrick Graham.
Well, and the second piece of it is, we know the NFL has injuries constantly after every game, and it's important to have that depth where someone can step in right away and play.
So the Giants have proven that in their linebacking corps, with all with this revolving door going in and out of who's getting these snaps, you know, having Xavier McKinney there and and having him as an additional kind of secondary guy in case someone gets dinged up or nicked up.
We have someone that can start to rotate and fill in.
Who's going to be our long term solution? You know, in the secondary anyway.
So it's exciting.
Everything is in front of us.
And that's why at this time we go ahead and turn ourselves over to at the end of the day.
At the end of the day, Andrew, in spite of all the positivity that we're talking about, the New York football Giants, the power rankings, the stats, the defensive prowess, the potential return of Daniel Jones and everyone getting on board with Wayne Train, the Giants 2.
5 point underdogs to the Arizona Cardinals heading into Sunday.
Um, do you like this? Do you know? Because I I said with every way everyone talked to the players, talked about this game against Seattle defensively, felt confident, thought we could show something.
Is this a good thing? Is a sneaky good thing that they're an underdog here, where maybe it keeps that I don't think they need the push, but maybe this just keeps that edge going here, especially on the defensive side of the ball to say Okay. Yeah.
2.5 point underdogs.
I get it. Yeah. Good. Good.
We just one with the backup quarterback that hadn't won a game since 2014.
We'll see you Sunday.
We'll see you Sunday at home, by the way.
I mean, if you're asking me as a better, this is fantastic, right? Like I mean, you're one of the hottest teams in the league, even though they're five and seven.
Is the New York football Giants on.
And so you know they're playing at home and they're getting, Ah, home underdog, who's playing well against a team has to travel from kind of the West to the east.
That's struggling to me.
The line is, is kind of crazy here, like the six and six Cardinals have looked pretty terrible.
And if not for the Kyler Murray hel hel Murray.
Yeah, they would be on like a four game losing streak, so I don't know for for me as a giant fan.
I absolutely love this line, and I do think it It does present a little bit of disrespect to the Giants to say I know you guys are playing really well, and I know they're playing terrible.
But even when they're playing terrible and you're playing great, they're still a better team than you like.
If I was Joe Judge, that's exactly how I would I would relay the message and hopefully that would resonate with the team.
Yeah, and listen, you know, there are things you want to see improve even before Colt McCoy.
Offensively, where is Darius Slaten? Where's the rhythm there for the wide receiver? Certainly.
Um, but one of the things I'm not worried about with this team, I think is the focus is the drive.
Like, you know, it's not always that you get to say, Well, the head coach was preaching something from Week one to Week seven and it came to fruition, right? But that's what Joe Judge has been saying all season long.
We've been making improvements.
There's no moral victories, but we believe in this team.
We're getting better.
Everyone is committed at practice.
Everyone's committed on game day and you're just seeing that payoff.
And it just it just really feels like this team is surging at the right time, obviously, on the defensive side of the ball now these last four games.
To me, it is about the offensive side.
If you wanna have any excitement heading into that playoff game beyond what the defense has been doing now start to show me a little bit here.
Right last few weeks, Daniel Jones controlled avoiding mistakes.
Now let's see if you can start to open that thing up a little bit, right? Let's see some of those bigger numbers here, and then you're talking about balance on both sides of the ball.
That's dangerous in the NFC.
This is a true litmus test for the Giants.
You look at it some of the winds that that that they had during this winning streak.
It's against division rivals, and everyone thinks the division is terrible.
It's against the Bengals without number one pick Joe Burrow, and then the Giants come out and shocked the world against the Seattle Seahawks.
Right now is the time where a Z giant fans, we feel confident that the all of these games represent a singular mission, and that is that we can beat any team on any given day.
This is the perfect type of game where we need to go out and and solidify that.
We are a team that can compete not only in the NFC East, but actually make some noise in the playoffs If we can win a game like this.
And that's what they call in the industry.
Come back with us on Friday when we'll break down.
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It's been a good day.
I got to sleep in a little bit late.
Enjoy your Wednesday friends.
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