The Giants stumbled out of the gate in Week 1, falling 27-13 to the Broncos in yet another underwhelming performance for quarterback Daniel Jones, who's in a make-or-break season as New York's signal-caller. Things probably won't get much easier on Thursday night, when the G-Men kick off Week 2 by visiting the Washington Football Team, which boasts one of the NFL's most respected defenses. But there's one reason Big Blue just might have reason to be confident hitting the road on a short week: Washington is one of the few teams against which Daniel Jones has thrived.
Wait, you're telling us Daniel Jones has thrived against a team? Why yes, yes we are. The former first-round pick has been dogged by turnovers and iffy passing marks since taking over for Eli Manning in 2019, but against Washington, he's actually been productive.
- Week 4, 2019: 23-of-31 (74%), 225 yards, 1 TDs, 2 INTs in 24-3 win
- Week 15, 2019: 28-of-42 (66.8%), 352 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT in 41-35 win
- Week 6, 2020: 12-of-19 (63%), 112 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT in 20-19 win
- Week 9, 2020: 23-of-34 (68%), 212 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT in 23-20 win
OK, so relative to other QBs, this isn't exactly a dominant stretch: it's one great game and three other serviceable ones. But notice that Jones did not throw a pick in each of 2020's games, which were both close contests and against Ron Rivera's feisty defense. That alone should stand out considering how often Jones stands in the way of close wins or turnover-free outings. And that 4-0 record? It's not nothing, especially when you take into account that New York as a whole has been a combined 10-23 since Jones' arrival.
Throw in the fact Washington will be turning to backup Taylor Heinicke at QB on a short week in the wake of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hip injury, and maybe, just maybe, Giants fans can enter Thursday with some hope.
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