4. Rookie Mistake
At this point in Daniel Jones’ career, in his 18th start, you’d like to see him turning the corner and eliminating rookie mistakes. That wasn’t the case with a third quarter interception in the red zone.
The Giants held a 13-10 lead, and were threatening with first-and-goal at the Washington seven-yard line. Jones was under pressure, and appeared to try to throw it away off his back foot. He didn’t get enough on it and Kendall Fuller made a spectacular interception. But he never should have had the chance.
Jones has to do a better job of protecting the football there. In a close game, you can’t turn the ball over in goal-to-go situations. It’s especially bad on first down, as you not only take a minimum of three points off the board – you also give away two more opportunities to find the end zone.
Take the sack, or make sure the ball sails out of bounds. That’s a situation where the Giants need to come away with points. Sacks and incompletions are okay, but turnovers are not. If Jones was actually trying to complete the pass, then the decision making was even worse – hopefully that wasn’t the case.
Either way, that was a rookie mistake, and Jones can’t be making those any more.