The New York Giants defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-17, in Week 12 to claim first place in the NFC East. And while the game didn’t come easy for a variety of reasons, the vast majority of players did well and checked out with some impressive grades.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Daniel Jones earned the unit’s highest overall grade courtesy of Pro Football Focus, finishing his injury-plagued day with a 78.6.
Part of the reason Jones performed so well was the quality play of the team’s offensive line. Guard Will Hernandez led that group with 72.7 grade, while four of the other five O-linmen who logged snaps finished with a grade of 63.7 or higher.
Rookie guard Shane Lemieux earned the unit’s lowest grade and one of the lowest overall grades on the team with a 42.9.
Other noteworthy offensive grades include tight end Evan Engram (69.1) and running back Wayne Gallman (58.1), who continues to produce at a higher clip than his weekly grades would indicate.
On the defensive side of the ball, safety Logan Ryan led the way with a team-high grade of 91.6. Behind him were defensive end Jabaal Sheard (90.7), safety Jabrill Peppers (89.6) and defensive lineman Niko Lalos (88.1).
In his NFL debut, rookie safety Xavier McKinney registered a 61.9 on five snaps.
The lowest-graded defender was linebacker Devante Downs, who checked in with 44.8. He just edged out rookie linebacker Cam Brown (47.6) for the unit’s worst grade.