NFL Week 5 Grades: Giants Get ‘A+’ For Upset In London; Steelers get ‘F’ for loss to Bills

The Giants have been to London three times and won all three times, and it’s probably safe to say that their most recent victory was also the most incredible.

On paper, it didn’t look like the Giants would have much of a chance to beat the Packers on Sunday, but the Giants obviously don’t read the paper. In front of a raucous crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Giants managed to steal away a 27-22 win in a game nobody thought they could win. Not only did they enter Week 5 with an impactful starting quarterback (Daniel Jones), but they were also missing several key receivers.

And to be honest, it was actually worse than that. Here’s what the Giants faced this week:

With his offensive options limited, Giants coach Brian Daboll decided to throw the kitchen sink at the Packers: He came up with a game plan with offensive coordinator Mike Kafka that kept the Giants offense one step ahead of the Packers defense for most of the game.

The Giants saved their most unique plays for the red zone. Their first touchdown of the game for New York came on a 2-yard run by Daniel Bellinger, which was much more exciting than the standard 2-yard run.

That score came in the second quarter and cut the Packers’ lead to 17-10.

In the second half, the Giants were even better offensively, scoring on each of their first three possessions. A big reason they were able to do that was the play of Saquon Barkley. After leaving the game briefly in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, Barkley returned to the field to make two of the biggest plays of the game for New York.

The first came on a short pass from Jones, which Barkley was able to turn into a 41-yard gain.

Four plays later, Barkley lined up in Wildcat formation on a play where he ended up in the end zone for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown.

Barkley carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards on a day when he shredded the Packers defense with 5.38 yards per carry.

While Barkley was great, arguably the most valuable player on the Giants offense was Jones, who was able to carry his team despite playing with a bad ankle. Jones was nearly perfect, going 21 of 27 for 217 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards, which likely surprised the Packers, who didn’t look like they really expected him to be able to run because of his injured ankle. One big play from Jones came in the third quarter on third-and-3 when he kept the drive alive with a 4-yard run on a QB draw.

The Giants are now 4-1 on the season for the first time since 2009, and there’s no reason to think they can’t keep winning. They didn’t just prove they can play with the big boys on Sunday, they proved they are one of the big boys by beating the Packers.

The Giants may also want to start voluntarily playing in London more often. They are now perfect in England and have made the play-offs every year they have played abroad.

OK, let’s get down to the grades for each game from Week 5. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage of the Colts’ 12-9 win over Denver on Thursday, be sure to click here.

NY Giants 27-22 over Green Bay (At London)

Giants-Packers grades by John Breach (Love grades? Hate grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

LA Chargers 30-28 over Cleveland

Chargers-Browns Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Minnesota 29-22 over Chicago

Bears-Vikings Grades by John Breach (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New Orleans 39-32 over Seattle

Seahawks-Saints Grades by John Breach (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 21-15 over Atlanta

Falcons-Buccaneers Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 21-17 over Washington

Titans-Commanders Ratings by John Breach (Love Ratings? Hate Ratings? Let him know on Twitter.)

Houston 13-6 over Jacksonville

Texans-Jaguars Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Buffalo 38-3 over Pittsburgh

Steelers-Bills Grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

NY Jets 40-17 over Miami

Dolphins-Jets Grades by Jordan Dayani (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 29-0 over Detroit

Lions-Patriots Grades by John Breech (Love Grades? Hate Grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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