QB Daniel Jones – DUD
The NY Giants took a 14-6 lead into halftime, had been dictating to the Buccaneers defense for much of the first half, and Jabrill Peppers returned the second half kickoff to the Giants’ 44-yard line, when Daniel Jones made the kind of mistake he’s been prone to throughout his young career.
On 2nd down and 8, Darius Slayton broke so wide open on a nine-route that he would have walked into the end zone down the left sideline, but instead, Jones forced a pass into tight coverage along the right sideline that was intercepted by Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis. It was a back-breaking turnover that gave the greatest quarterback of all-time an extra opportunity.
The interception was Jones’ eighth interception of the season, 20th in the first 21st game of his career, and his 35th turnover overall.
Later, Jones made just an egregious decision for a quarterback midway through his second season when he put the ball in harms way while being dragged down in the pocket leading to his second interception of the night. The Buccaneers converted Jones’ second interception into the go ahead touchdown.
In addition to the pair of interceptions, Jones missed on several deep shots downfield that might have put the game on ice at various points throughout the game. Jones finished 25-for-41 passing for 256 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions, and he was sacked three times.
It is going to be difficult, if not impossible, for the Giants to take the step to being a playoff or championship caliber team if Jones continues to turn the ball over at such an alarming rate.