For the New York Giants(7-5-), Sunday’s game against the Eagles(12-!) was an opportunity to see how they stack up against the team with the best record in football. After the Giants’ 48-22 loss to Philadelphia at MetLife Stadium, it’s clear New York has ways to go to compete with the top teams in the NFL
I mean, we got our a** whipped,” Giants running back Saquon Barkley said after the loss. “Point blank. But you can find beauty in everything. I really believe in that, and we’ve got to double down… So, we’ve got a big one next week. Obviously, everyone knows about that, and we’ve just got to come out ready to play.”
Giants head coach Brians Daboll added: “We got beat handily. It was 48 to whatever it was (22). They’re a good football team. Give them a lot of credit. Got to get back to work.”
New York was never in this contest and trailed 21-0 in the first half. Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who threw 169 yards and a touchdown and ran for another, says New York is not where they want to be just yet.
“Philadelphia is a really good team, and we could see today we aren’t where we need to be yet,” he said. “At the same time, we did some things well we can build off of. We got to come back to work and come back ready to go. I think no one is losing confidence; no one is pointing fingers or anything like that. I think we’re just getting back ready to work and looking forward for this huge opportunity for us against Washington.”
If the season ended today, the Giants, who are 0-3-1 in their last four games, would make the playoffs. However, they have a big game on the road against the Commanders next Sunday night, and a win over Washington, who they played to a tie last week, puts the Giants in a better position to make the playoffs.
According to Barkley, the Giants must get better no matter who they play.
“We’ve got to do the little things better,” he said. “We’ve got to double down on every single thing that if we want to accomplish what we want to accomplish and all of our goals are still in front of us, we’ve just got to come out. It’s a big week. Every week’s a big week, and it’s getting deep in the season, and we’ve got to continue to get healthy, trust the system, trust each other, and the rest will play out how we want it if we do that.”
Look, the 2022 season has been a success for this team. No one expected New York to start the season 6-1 and be 7-2 after nine games, and probably not many had them 7-5-1 after 13 games, so they have exceeded expectations.
In reality, no one thought this team was as good as the Eagles, and many had this as a loss, but they can still make the playoffs. However, they have to start playing better, and that better start Sunday night against Washington if they want to make the playoffs.