The New York Giants are thriving despite not having the best team on paper.
Their only defeat through five games was against the Dallas Cowboys.
They are also finding ways to win close contests, as proven by their total winning margin of 17 points.
But despite their success, they are tied for the tenth-worst scoring average at 20.6 per game.
The Giants also rank 23rd in total yards, putting up 333.2 per game.
Still, they are thriving through Week 5 and have a share of the lead in the NFC East.
Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III offers an explanation.
Saquon Barkley’s impact on Daniel Jones and the @Giants has been MONUMENTAL. Jones was 9 for 10 on play action passes on Sunday and is completing 78 percent of his passes on play action this year. A #1 Receiver certainly helps a young QB but a running game like this PROTECTS HIM.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 12, 2022
Griffin tweeted, “Saquon Barkley’s impact on Daniel Jones and the @Giants has been MONUMENTAL. Jones was 9 for 10 on play-action passes on Sunday and is completing 78 percent of his passes on play-action this year. A #1 Receiver certainly helps a young QB, but a running game like this PROTECTS HIM.”
Barkley has the second-most rushing yards behind Nick Chubb with 533.
He also has three rushing touchdowns and five rushing plays of 20 yards or more.
His efforts also gives the Giants the second-best rushing attack in the league at 179 yards per game.
Barkley’s dominance makes Jones an effective thrower on play-action to gain the occasional big play through the air.
Jones has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 848 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions through five games.
Wanted: Wide Receiver
The Giants could be one of the best offensive teams this season if they also had a dominating wide receiver.
They thought it was Kenny Golladay, but he only has 22 receiving yards in four games.
A top-ranked wideout can help them thrive in both the pass and the run game.