Big deal or Week 1 overreaction? Judging nine outcomes from Sunday’s NFL games

Down 20-13 with just over a minute remaining, the Giants scored a touchdown. But instead of kicking the PAT to tie the game, new head coach Brian Daboll went for the win. And he got it!

Now, I’m not always on the aggressive side in these types of scenarios, as every situation is different. But the Giants were heavy underdogs playing on the road. And in the bigger picture, this is a franchise that’s been to the playoffs just once in the past 10 seasons, cycling through a series of lackluster coaches in the process. For the new guy to come in and immediately go for the jugular … Well, that was awesome, even if the G-Men didn’t convert. But they did! And then the football gods smiled on Daboll and Co., with Tennessee missing a 47-yard field goal at the gun. New York won its opener for the first time in six years. Not a bad way to start off the Daboll/Joe Schoen era in the Big Apple.

Now, the Giants still don’t have a quarterback. But RB Saquon Barkley provided his most inspiring performance in years, rushing for 164 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries, catching six balls for 30 more yards, and scoring the aforementioned two-point conversion with a nifty move. Daboll, the brilliant offensive mind who rightly yelled at Daniel Jones after a terrible pick, changes everything for this proud — but downtrodden — franchise.

I think it’s still going to be a long year for Big Blue, as the roster just has too many holes. But this win showed New York finally might have a true Tom Coughlin replacement on the sideline, and for the long haul, that’s a substantial deal.

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