#3. NY Giants vs Arizona Cardinals, 1:00 PM
This game is a revenge game from last year where Kyler Murray and Chase Edmunds embarrassed the Giants in their own stadium. Edmunds, filled in for an injured David Johnson and the local kid from Fordham torched the Giants defense to the tune of 126 yards and three touchdowns.
It was an embarrassing performance for NY as both teams were going through their own struggles and growing pains with their rookie quarterbacks.
Kyler Murray was the only quarterback selected ahead of Jones in 2019. Since then, their career trajectories have taken different turns. Kyler won the NFL Rookie of the Year Award last year and is now a legit NFL MVP candidate in year two. His legs and arm power is a crazy combo and makes him a dynamic threat from any part of the field.
The Giants’ defense has improved significantly from last year’s horrid numbers. Last year’s game against Arizona was a good old butt-kicking and the Cardinals punched the Giants in the mouth from the get-go.
That won’t be the case this year as the team will likely be better prepared and better suited to handle Murray and stop his Cardinals offense. This game will be a great measuring stick for both the Giants to see where they are at as a team and competing against one of the NFL’s most improved and most impressive teams of 2020. The Giants can use the Cardinals as a blueprint for how to quickly change the outlook and fortunes of an NFL team in such a short time period. It will also be fascinating to see how Jones and Murray battle and duel and how Jones stacks up against his competition head-to-head in year two.
Lastly, look for Isiah Simmons and Andrew Thomas to possibly matchup against each other. Several draft analysts and Giants’ fans clamored for the team to draft the do-it-all linebacker. That reputation hasn’t been the case yet with Simmons but he is starting to find his groove. NY’s decision to not take Simmons and go with Thomas is a pick that will be discussed for a long time.