What better way for the New York Giants to head into the bye week than with a win? A huge win. And a much-needed win, at that.
After a heartbreaking loss a week ago to the Kansas City Chiefs — a game where the Giants should have won and found a way to lose — they returned back home for some New Jersey cooking and sealed the win against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Giants have at least two weeks to feel good about that win and get healthy before thinking about the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers next.
So before the Giants get the next week off, whose stock is up and whose is down?
Stock up: Xavier McKinney
Where would the Giants have been without the key interceptions by Xavier McKinney?
McKinney had two crucial picks on defense for the Giants, one of which was a pick-six in the third quarter that gave the Giants a lead.
With Jabrill Peppers on the shelf for the season, McKinney needed to step up and he has done that.
Stock down: Matt Peart
The Giants desperately need Andrew Thomas back at left tackle.
Why? Matt Peart isn’t cutting it. He let Yannick Ngakoue go right by him to get a sack on Daniel Jones and caused a fumble.
There was also another play where Peart and Matt Skura both let Ngakoue get around them untouched and allowed him to get to Jones for another sack.
Stock up: Devontae Booker
Last week, Devontae Booker had 125 total yards for the Giants in a losing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. What did he do for an encore?
Booker had 21 carries for 99 yards. Had he not been in locker-room dealing with a hip injury to end the game, he would have gotten over 100 yards rushing.
Booker also had three catches for 23 yards, which gave him 122 total yards for the game.
Even if Saquon Barkley does return for the Giants after the bye week, Booker clearly deserves to play because he’s showing that he can be productive.
Stock down: Danny Shelton
The reason why the Giants brought Danny Shelton in was to be a run stopper. After all, he’s almost 350 pounds and should be able to clog up the middle.
Instead, the Raiders kept running the ball to his side and ran him over.
Was hoping the Giants would’ve given up on Danny Shelton pic.twitter.com/UeLGdehxyy
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) November 7, 2021
It’s this kind of play that will keep Shelton on the sidelines as opposed to being in on key third-down plays to stop potential first-down tries.
Stock up: Quincy Roche
Quincy Roche solidified a starting job with his performance against the Raiders.
Four total tackles, two quarterback hits, one sack and one game-sealing forced fumble.
OUR BALL BABY!!!!
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 7, 2021
In one game, Roche has more sacks (1) than Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines do combined in nine games (0).
Roche needs to be on the field more and hopefully, Patrick Graham will see to that moving forward.
Stock down: Darius Slayton
Did you even notice Darius Slayton on the field on Sunday? He was, but didn’t even get a single catch and was only targeted once.
Maybe it was the return of Kenny Golladay, who had some key grabs. Maybe it was Kyle Rudolph being productive with four catches. But Slayton has not been that productive in 2021 (12 catches for 190 yards and one touchdown).
In a season where Golladay missed three games with a knee injury and where Sterling Shepard has missed several games with an injury, you’d think Slayton would have better numbers. Yet, he doesn’t.
Slayton’s highlight of the season thus far is dropping that sure-fire touchdown back in Week 2 against the Washington Football Team — a play that might be why the Giants are 3-6 as opposed to 4-5.