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  • The have been to London three times and all three times, they've come away with a victory and it's probably safe to say their most recent win was also their most improbable one.On paper, it didn't seem like the Giants were going to have much of a chance to beat the on Sunday, but the Giants clearly don't read the paper. In front of a raucous crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Giants were able to steal a 27-22 win in a game that no one thought they could win. Not only did they go into Week 5 with a banged-up starting quarterback ( ), but they were also mi sing several key receivers.And to be honest, it was actually worse than that. Here's what the Giants were dealing with this week: Daniel Jones nursed an ankle injury this week. The Giants were without WRs Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shephard, Kadarius Toney, & WanDale Robinson. Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari were inactive. Adoree Jackson left the game. The Giants beat the Packers to move to 4-1. CBS Sports (@CBSSports) With his options limited on offense, Giants coach Brian Daboll decided to throw the kitchen sink at the Packers: He devised a game plan with offensive coordinator that kept the Giants offense one step ahead of the Packers defense for nearly the entire game. The Giants saved their most unique plays for the red zone. Their first touchdown of the game for New York came on a 2-yard run from that was way more exciting than your standard 2-yard run. Follow That Football : New York Giants (@Giants) That score came in the second quarter and cut the Packers' lead to 17-10.In the second half, the Giants were even better on offense, scoring on each of their first three po se sions. A big reason they were able to do that was because of the play of . After briefly leaving the game in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury, Barkley stormed back on the field to come up with two of the biggest plays of the game for New York.The first one came on a short cro ser from Jones that Barkley was able to turn into a 41-yard gain. More Saquon highlights?More Saquon highlights.: New York Giants (@Giants) Four plays after that, Barkley lined up in Wildcat formation on a play where he ended up getting in the end zone for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown. Hes here!Hes there!Hes every ---where!: New York Giants (@Giants) Barkley carried the ball 13 times for 70 yards on a day where he gashed the Packers defense with 5.38 yards per rush.Although Barkley was great, you could argue that the Giants offensive MVP was Jones, who came up clutch for his team despite playing on a gimpy ankle. Jones was nearly perfect, going 21 of 27 for 217 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards, which probably surprised the Packers, who didn't look like they were really expecting him to be able to run due to his injured ankle. One big play from Jones came in the third quarter on a third-and-3 when he kept a drive alive by running 4 yards on a QB draw. The Giants are now 4-1 on the season for the first time since 2009 and there's no reason to think they can't keep winning. They didn't just prove they can play with the big boys on Sunday, they proved they are one of big boys by knocking off the Packers.The Giants might also want to start volunteering to play in London more often. They're now perfect in England and they've made the playoffs in every year where they've played overseas.Alright, let's get to the grades for every game from Week 5. If you're looking for a deeper dive on the ' 12-9 win over Denver that was played on Thursday, . B+ It's been a season of heartbreaking lo ses for the Raiders, and the trend continued Monday with a one-point lo s to the Chiefs. This game turned into a shootout, and the Raiders were able to stay in it thanks to Josh Jacobs (154 rushing yards) and Davante Adams (124 receiving yards), the latter of whom caught two touchdowns, including a 48-yarder with 4:27 left to play that cut the lead to one. The Raiders defense played well in the first half, but it had no answers for Patrick Mahomes in the second half. The Raiders made some costly mental mistakes, with the biggest one coming on a defensive holding penalty that gave the Chiefs a free first down on fourth-and-14. You can argue that this team is better than it's record, but as Bill Parcells used to say, you are what your record says you are, and the Raiders' record says they're the last-place team in the AFC West.B+ The Chiefs got off to an ugly start -- trailing 17-0 at one point -- but a controversial roughing-the-pa ser call against Chris Jones late in the second quarter seemed to spark them to a win. After the call, the offense caught fire by scoring on four straight po se sions. The combination of Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce was pretty much unstoppable as the duo combined for FOUR touchdowns. The total by Kelce was the second-most by a tight end in a single-game in NFL history. The Chiefs weren't perfect and gave up plenty of big plays, but they held off a desperate Raiders team to join the Bills as the only other 4-1 team in the AFC.A+ We've already covered how good the Giants offense was, and the surprising thing is that the defense might have been even better, especially in he second half. The Giants defense held the Packers scorele s over the game's final two quarters and continually frustrated , who threw for only 76 yards in the second half. The defense only sacked Rodgers twice, but both sacks were big. The first one came from on third down and ended a Packers drive in the third quarter. The second one, which came from , prevented Rodgers from on the final play of the game. The defense's ability to make big play after big play was a big reason why New York was able to stun the Packers.C- Apparently, the Packers forgot to pack their second-half game plan for their trip to London. After playing a nearly flawle s first half, the Packers absolutely fell apart in the second half. The most shocking part was how easy the Giants were able to move the ball on what's supposed to very good Packers defense. The other surprise is that it seemed like the Packers gave up on the run. Even though and combined to average 5.1 yards per carry and even though the pa sing game was struggling at times, the Packers called more than twice as many pa ses (39) as runs (19) for their two running backs. They also didn't give their stud running backs a chance to get a first down near the goal line late in the game.B- Brandon Staley made some baffling decisions in his game -- most notably when he decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 46 with 73 seconds left to play in a two-point game -- but the Chargers were still able to escape Cleveland with a win. Staley got bailed out by (173 yards and 1 TD on the ground) and (10 catches for 134 yards), who both had HUGE games. Although the Chargers defense got steamrolled by , the unit did come up