There's no doubt that the NY Giants have struggled in many different ways throughout the past six weeks, but let's break down some positives as Big Blue looks to earn their second win this Sunday at home.
Despite their 1-5 record, the G-Men encouraged fans against the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday. The team managed to keep it close until the fourth quarter, when quarterback Josh Allen would eventually throw for two touchdowns. Regardless of the outcome, Saquon Barkley was healthy for the first time in weeks, Tyrod Taylor had a solid showing in place of Daniel Jones, Bobby Okereke had his breakout game in a Giants uniform, and Justin Pugh impacted the offensive line tremendously.
With things finally looking up for Brian Daboll and the Giants, plus the schedule lightening up a little, let's look at four reasons Big Blue will take down the Commanders this week at MetLife Stadium.
4. Bobby Okereke has finally arrived
One of the most significant takeaways from SNF was the Giants' defense, as they kept it a low-scoring game throughout the first half, holding the Bills to 1-for-5 on third down and forcing two turnovers. Linebackers Micah McFadden and Okereke played exceptionally well on both plays to force turnovers.
Okereke, a veteran linebacker in his first season with the team, forced a fumble that was recovered by McFadden and then followed that up by tipping a pass that landed in the hands of the second-year linebacker out of Indiana.
Okereke spent the last four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, where he started 49 games. He totaled three interceptions, two sacks, and five fumble recoveries. This past offseason, the veteran linebacker signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Giants, and fans have been patiently waiting for his breakout game with the team.
On Sunday night, Okereke played every defensive snap, recorded 11 total tackles, eight solo tackles, and two tackles for loss, and forced a fumble out of wideout Gabe Davis' hands in the first quarter. Let's hope he continues to perform well for the G-Men throughout the remainder of the season and this upcoming week against Washington.