This weekend, the Arizona Cardinals are riding into New York to get their ass beat by the New York Giants.
One month ago, Pat Shurmur announced the benching of Eli Manning and the beginning of the Daniel Jones era. AKA, the best day of my life.
From that moment, Daniel Jones took the boring 0-2 Giants on a 4 week whirlwind going 2-2 in his first 4 career starts proving he is already lightyears better than Manning in his career.
On September 22nd, Jones had the best starting debut by a quarterback in New York Giants history beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones led the Giants back from an 18-point deficit in a 32-31 victory.
Jones went 23-for-36 for 336 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and a 112.7 passer rating. King shit.
Fast forward a month and Jones has 921 passing yards with 5 TDs, 6 interceptions and 60.7% completion percentage. He’s also rushed for 86 yards with 2 touchdowns on the ground. Decent season so far.
In 4 games, Jones has proven that he deserved to be drafted in the first round. He’s clearly better than Eli Manning and in the modern NFL, Jones’s mobility in the pocket allows Shurmur to open up the playbook and puts pressure on opposing defenses.
He’s also proven that he needs to focus more on holding onto the football as he’s coughed up an embarrassing amount of turnovers.
He’ll never reach the awful turnover levels of Baker Mayfield, a quarterback that was highly critical of the Giants drafting DJ even though since his debut last season, no one in the NFL has more interceptions than Baker. Yikes.
You can defend some of Jones’s tough games when you consider that his last game was on a short week against the No. 1 passing defense in the NFL. A Thursday night game traveling to New England against Bill Belichick and his top defense. Jones didn’t stand a chance.
Also need to point out that Danny has never played a full game with Saquon Barkley. Wayne Gallman left the following game with a concussion so he was playing with a third string running back, Jonathan Hilliman, who has lost two fumbles and just sucks at rushing.
Sterling Shepard, the Giants No. 1 receiver, has also been suffering from concussions and has missed games. Evan Engram missed the Patriots game with an injury.
For the past couple of weeks, Daniel Jones has been the most talented player on the Giants offense for weeks and now he has the Arizona Cardinals coming to town where there is no doubt that he’s about to show a whole new level of his game.
Because I shit on the Cardinals, let’s first address the fact that Saquon Barkley is returning to the field. Something tells me that introducing the best running back in the NFL onto the field like a bull seeing red might be a problem for the opposing defense.
Arizona has the 27th ranked rushing defense giving up close to 133 rushing yards a game. Barkley is going to devour this team which is going to open up the play action.
Overall, the Cardinals have the 29th ranked defense in the NFL and they’re giving up 28.5 points a game. Light work for Danny and them boys.
So let’s recap what’s happening this Sunday:
- Saquon Barkley is back.
- Evan Engram is back.
- The Cardinals have the 3rd worst defense in the entire NFL.
- Giants by 50
Now, the only real hurdle for Daniel Jones this weekend is the return of 3-time All-Pro cornerback, Patrick Peterson whom I reallyyy hoped they would trade prior to this Giants game but he missed the first 6 games of the season due to suspension and he miiiight pose a bit of a threat to a wide receiving corp that is still Sterling-less.
That’s where Evan Engram steps in over the middle of the field. Engram leads all tight ends in targets per game(9.6) and second in yards per target(11.2).
Peterson can lock up whatever receiver he wants. Jones will be hitting Engram in stride all day long. Not to mention all the backfield screen possibilities with Saquon Barkley. Man, Giants are going to kill the Cardinals.
This is the game where everything could click for Daniel Jones. Patrick Mahomes just dislocated his knee which the MVP race is wide open. Time for Danny Deep Ball to slide right in and claim his spot as the king of the NFL.