Believe it or not, the NY Giants are very much alive in the NFC East, the Eagles are very banged up, and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the talk of the NFL
After the NY Giants’ 20-19 win over the Washington Football Team, here are some observations about the NY Giants, the NFC East, and the rest of the NFL from Week 6.
1. Scrambling Jones
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones ran a career high seven times for a personal best 74 yards, leading New York’s rushing attack. Jones took off both by design and when the play broke down, and continuing to use his legs more often than usual might be an important element of the Giants offense.
Forcing opposing defenses to defend against his rushing threat should open up some passing lanes for Jones. In addition, keeping the defense honest on RPO looks should help open things up for a rushing attack trying to get the job done without Saquon Barkley.
That said, the youngster needs to make sure to protect himself and get down or out of bounds once he’s picked up the yardage needed. On the opening drive of the second half, Jones picked up the first down with his legs on third-and-four, but took a shot for a few extra yards. He drew a 15-yard personal foul, but the Giants don’t want to be in the business of trading shots at their quarterback for 15 yards too often.
The rule of thumb is to take a hit when fighting for a touchdown or a first down, but otherwise Jones needs to get on the ground or to the sideline before he’s in harm’s way.