The Giants proved they can handle the best in a Week 5 win over the Packers

LONDON — It was hard to tell if the New York Giants were legitimately good this year entering Week 5. After four games and a surprising 3-1 record, the team has shown flashes on both sides of the ball but is averaging less than 20 points of a game.

A 27-22 win over the Green Bay Packers at pro-Packers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium silenced the doubters. At least for now.

Saquon Barkley was electric despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury, Daniel Jones had one of the most efficient games of his career, and New York’s defense found a way to slow down Aaron Rodgers and hold the Packers’ offense scoreless in the second half .

It was also a clear win for head coach Brian Daboll, although he didn’t say so after the game. The first-year head coach found a way to unlock the once-downtrodden Giants and pick up important wins early in the season.

Although Barkley is a star in his own right, Jones has been unable to dismiss questions about his ability. This perception may change after the 5th week. He completed 77.8 percent of his passes for 217 yards with just one sack and no turnovers. Jones also rushed 10 times for 37 yards.

“We trust him and he’s done a really good job for our football team,” Daboll said. “He does what we ask him to do and he does it really well.”

Daboll will get most of the credit, but offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale deserve credit for their individual game plans.

After some lethargic offensive plays, Kafka drew two creative plays to spark the Giants’ second-quarter scoring. First, a direct hit to Barkley from the Wild formation that turned into a 40-yard run in the second quarter.

Kafka called a double turnover soon after, with Jones throwing to Barkley, who threw to tight end Daniel Bellinger, who ran it in alone for the score.

Call it the Kafkaesque Philly Special. Or something about London. Either way, it worked, and the Giants added more wrinkles to their offense all Sunday until Barkley scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth from the same wild formation.

“I think he’s creative,” Jones said of his OC. “I think he has a good sense of when to shoot and when not to shoot. He did a great job.”

On the defensive end, Martindale found a way to shut down the Packers and keep Rodgers on his toes throughout the game. Martindale used some exotic blitz schemes to stifle Rodgers early, but the Packers star found gaps in the second and third levels of the defense to help Green Bay jump out to a 20-10 halftime lead. The Packers offense didn’t score again, however, and managed just 105 yards in the second half.

“We’re a resilient group,” Giants safety Julian Love said. “We felt like defensively we allowed them a few. We made some adjustments at the half which we felt great about.”

The cherry on top for New York was a red zone stop to effectively end the game late in the fourth. Facing third-and-1 from their own 6-yard line, the Giants hit two pass attempts by Rodgers to end the drive and preserve the lead with 65 seconds left. The Packers had one last chance as the clock expired, but Rodgers’ sack of quarterback Oshan Ximenez sealed it for good.

This Giants team will likely need to rack up more big wins to keep the doubters at bay. But for now, New York has shown the rest of the league that it can contend with — and beat — some of the best.

“I think we’ve always had confidence in our group,” Jones said. “We believe in ourselves. But how outsiders or other people see us, I don’t think it affects us. We played a great game today and we continue to build confidence.”

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