NFL Week 5 grades: Giants get ‘A+’ for upset in London; The Steelers get an ‘F’ for the loss to the Bills

The Giants Having been to London three times, three times they’ve come away with a win, and it’s safe to say their most recent win was their most improbable.

On paper, the Giants don’t look like they have much of a chance to win Bakers Sunday, but the Giants don’t read the paper. In front of a raucous crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Giants managed to steal a game no one thought would be possible, winning 27-22. Not only did they go with the starting quarterback (Daniel Jones) who took the field in Week 5, but they were also missing several key receivers.

To be honest, it was actually worse than that. Here’s what the Giants dealt with this week:

With his options limited on offense, Giants coach Brian Daboll decided to throw the kitchen sink at the Packers: He devised a game plan with offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.

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

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The first came on a short crosser from Jones that Barkley was able to turn into a 41-yard gain.

Four plays after that, Barkley lined up a play in a Wildcat formation, where he scored the game-winning touchdown.

Barkley carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards on the day.

While Barkley has been great, you could argue that the Giants offensive MVP is Jones, who came up clutch for his team despite playing with a gimpy ankle. Jones was nearly perfect, going 21 of 27 for 217 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards, which surprised the Packers, who didn’t really expect him to be able to run because of his ankle injury. One big play from Jones came on third-and-3 in the third quarter, when he ran 4 yards on a QB draw to keep a drive alive.

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

The Giants may want to volunteer to play in London more often. They are now proper in England and have made the playoffs every year they have played overseas.

Well, let’s get the grades for each game from Week 5. If you want to dive deeper, ColtsA 12-9 win over Denver on Thursday. Click here.

NY Giants defeated Green Bay (in London) 27-22

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LA chargers 30-28 over Cleveland

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Minnesota beat Chicago 29-22

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New Orleans beat Seattle 39-32

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Tampa Bay beat Atlanta 21-15

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Tennessee beat Washington 21-17

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Houston beat Jacksonville 13-6

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Buffalo beat Pittsburgh 38-3

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NY Jets 40-17 over Miami

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New England beat Detroit 29-0

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San Francisco beat Carolina 37-15

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Dallas beat the LA Rams 22-10

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Philadelphia beat Arizona 20-17

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Baltimore beat Cincinnati 19-17

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