State of the NFC East: Giants rise as Eagles remain in the penthouse

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The Giants overtake the Cowboys as the NFC East’s second-best team.

The New York Giants have leapfrogged the Dallas Cowboys to become the second-ranked team. In consecutive games, Big Blue has taken down the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and believe it or not, their quarterback, Daniel Jones, is a key reason for that being the case.

Jones has thrown for 357 yards and three touchdowns during that stretch. The former Duke Blue Devils quarterback has been doing this with subpar wide receivers who have been dropping a lot of passes.

Jones isn’t just affecting the game through the air. He’s doing so on the ground as well, running for 113 yards during the last two games. Only their running back, Saquon Barkley, has more rushing yards during that time (193).

New York’s defense has come alive late in games as well, helping the G-Men pull out some narrow victories.

Their 24-20 win versus the Ravens was spearheaded by a fourth-quarter interception, one that led to a Giants touchdown. Victory was sealed by forcing another turnover by Lamar Jackson to end the game.

New York’s defense preserved victory versus the Jags by standing tall in the second half. A fifth straight win is within reach, but to achieve that goal, they’ll have to tackle (pun intended) Kenneth Walker III and a surprising Seattle Seahawks team. That one will definitely be worth a watch.