Stock up, down after Giants' 27-21 overtime win vs. Saints

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It had been nine months since the New York Giants tasted a victory in an actual NFL game.

After going winless in the preseason and then starting off the 2021 season 0-3, the Giants had to take the New Orleans Saints to overtime but clawed out a 27-21 victory at Caesars Superdome.

It was the first time the Giants had won a game in New Orleans dating back to December of 1993, ending a long losing streak in that building.

Now, the Giants can build some momentum and confidence going into their next game and showdown with the current first place Dallas Cowboys.

Before the showdown with Dallas, let’s look at whose stock is up and down for the Giants.

Stock up: Saquon Barkley

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If anyone needed that game in the worst way, it was definitely Saquon Barkley.

Last week, Barkley finally got his first touchdown of the season and his first since 2019. On Sunday, he added two more to that column.

After getting a 54-yard receiving score, Barkley punched in the game-winning score in overtime to give the Giants their first win of the season.

Some were wondering if Barkley was ever going to get back to his old self. This week, Barkley looked like it, getting big runs and powerful runs on the field.

Stock down: Devontae Booker

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After being a healthy scratch in Week 3, Booker rarely saw the field against the Saints and was a mere afterthought in the backfield.

Booker had a total of 12 yards — one catch for six yards and one carry for six yards.

Why the Giants felt the need to give Booker a two-year, $5.5 million deal is unclear, as he’s been very ineffective since the start of the regular season.

If Barkley is getting his legs and field vision back, Booker will probably see a lot less time on the field.

Stock up: Kadarius Toney

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Kadarius Toney is another player who needed a strong game like the one he had on Sunday.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Toney was barely used and a lot of people were questioning why he was a first round draft pick.

On Sunday, Toney showed them why he was. He had six catches for 78 yards and showed off his athletic abilities.

With Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton out, they needed Toney to step up in a huge way and he answered the call.

Regardless of Shepard and Slayton, the Giants have to get Toney more involved in the offense, as he can clearly make a positive impact.

Stock down: Darius Slayton

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You’re probably wondering why Darius Slayton would make the list when he didn’t play in the game. Good question.

Slayton had the bad drop that would have iced the likely Giants win over the Washington Football Team in Week 2 and because he didn’t play much in Week 3 due to injury, it has allowed others to step up.

Kenny Golladay has looked like a No/ 1 wide receiver the last two weeks, Kadarius Toney elevated his game and John Ross made a huge impact in his first game off injured reserve with a touchdown catch.

Because of Sterling Shepard’s track record and reliance, he won’t get phased out of the passing game, but Slayton might want to watch himself.

There is that old Wally Pipp tale.

Stock up: Daniel Jones

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Let’s get this out of the way right now: Daniel Jones is the Giants’ franchise quarterback.

Jones is the guy going forward and until further notice. Now, of course, if he throws for four picks and loses two fumbles next week, that’s a different story. But in the meantime, Daniel Jones is the guy.

Over the last couple of weeks, Jones has clearly shown the world that he is just fine as the Giants’ starter. And on Sunday, he shut a lot of critics up with a heck of a football game that saw him throw for 402 yards, two touchdowns and led the Giants on the game-winning drive in overtime.

Winning cures all. Especially in this town.

Stock down: Joe Judge

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While Joe Judge did pick up his first win in nine months, at times, he still looks like he’s in over his head.

Judge’s clock management has been horrendous. Maybe it’s a young head coach thing, but it’s still something that needs work.

Electing to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 showed a lack of toughness, especially when Graham Gano missed the rare field goal. Hindsight is what it is, but Judge lacked foresight there.

Had the Giants lost, Judge would have felt the burn on the hot seat starting off another season at 0-4, but he gets a reprieve for a week.

In the end, the Giants got the victory, but Judge does need to be better if he wants to see a few more of them.