Giants-Ravens 'Kudos & Wet Willies': The good times continue for the Giants

Giants-Ravens ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’: The good times continue for the Giants

The New York Giants “not bend” did it again on Sunday, coming from behind to claim another upset victory, this one over the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 24-20. Let’s move on to another “Kudos & Wet Willies” celebratory review.

Congratulations to…

Julian Love – The fourth-year safety picked crazy weather for the Giants’ first interception of the season. He took advantage of an ill-advised throw from panicked Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to set the Giants up for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

Love also had a pair of passes defended.

Love said he was “kind of just baiting” Jackson into throwing the ball, and “luckily I made the play in a critical situation.”

Kayvon Thibodeaux – Giants fans have been waiting … and waiting for the No. 5 overall pick to get his first NFL sack. He couldn’t have picked a more dramatic moment, coming from the rim to snatch the ball from Jackson’s hands with 1:40 to go, the play that sealed the Giants’ unlikely last victory when Leonard Williams recovered the fumble. .

Dexter Lawrence – The 340-pound defensive tackle says he just wants to destroy games. He’s done it all season, and Sunday was no different. First, the big man played an incredible 57 of 59 snaps (97%). Lawrence had a sack, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and had an assist. He’s playing the most dominant football of his four-year NFL career.

Daniel Jones – Ho-hum. Another week, another game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter for Jones — his fourth of the season. Admittedly, this one was only 13 meters long. The truly impressive drive for Jones was the 12-play, 75-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with the Giants trailing 20-10. He threw huge throws to Marcus Johnson and Wan’Dale Robinson during that drive, and threw an 8-yard pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger.

Yes, Jones only had 173 passing yards. He did, however, make some big throws in big moments and continues to play winning football. That’s really all you can ask for.

Wan’Dale Robinson – The second-round pick returned after a four-week absence with a knee injury and quickly showed what the Giants lacked. He played just 15 snaps, but had three catches for 37 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown. He gets an extra “Kudo” for giving the ball from his touchdown to his mother, Victoria Davis.

“She’s the one who really raised me since I was five, my dad not being around,” Robinson said.

Daniel Bellinger – The rookie tight end has become an essential part of the Giants offense. On Sunday, he had a career-best five receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. He’s become a safe bet for a fourth-round pick.

Gary Brightwell – I’ve been criticizing his kick-off return work all season, so I have to give him his due. Brightwell had a 47-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to set up the Giants’ first touchdown. Brightwell made a terrific cut, then got about 27 yards from the return on his own, breaking up at least three tackles.

Sterling Shepard – What? Why does Shepard, on IR with a torn ACL, get a “Kudos”? Well, that’s why:

As the Giants rallied on the stretch, the veteran wide receiver stood on a bench, waving napkins to hype the crowd and urging his teammates as they pulled off another upset victory. The guy can’t play, but he’s not really pouting. Good for him.

Saquon Barkley – His longest run of the day was just 8 yards and he caught three passes for just 12 more. Barkley, however, showed toughness and made plays that needed to be made. He carried 22 times for 83 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown after missing a play when he took a tender shoulder shot he injured last week against the Green Bay Packers.

Wet Willies at…

Overall run defense – The Ravens are averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Kenyon Drake went wild with 119 yards on just 10 carries. Drake had a pair of 30-yard runs, one for a touchdown. Lamar Jackson had 77 yards on just seven carries.

First half offense – The Giants have done a great job making adjustments at halftime and playing well offensively in a number of games this year. This was the case again on Sunday. The problem is that they keep stumbling in the early halves and gouging themselves holes that they have to try to get out of.

The Giants had just 90 net yards on offense in the first half, with Barkley getting just 14 rushing yards on six carries.

It became a weekly pattern, struggling in attack in the first half and gaining momentum in the second. If the Giants offense could start games the way they finished them, those games might not raise everyone’s blood pressure so much.

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