The NY Giants have the chance to make legitimate headway in the NFC East in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday’s NY Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals game lost some of its sizzle when Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was lost for the season with a torn ACL, but Week 12 represents a major opportunity for Joe Judge’s team to make real headway in the NFC East race.
“I think when you look at this division, this is really the starting point of the division race,” Giants head coach Joe Judge said Wednesday. “We’re coming out of Thanksgiving after this weekend, everyone is on equal ground. The only thing that matters is what we do from this point forward.”
Entering this week, the NY Giants trail only the 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the division race, but after beating the Eagles last week, can jump to the top of the standings with a victory over the Bengals combined with a Philadelphia loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.
Can they do it?
Here’s a look at four bold predictions for Sunday’s game:
Daniel Jones sets new career-high in passing yards
Daniel Jones has made great strides in recent weeks, both protecting the football, making plays as a runner, and has been instrumental in critical wins against the Washington Football Team and Eagles the past two weeks.
“Daniel continues to be an improving player,” Judge said recently. “He’s a tough dude, mentally and physically, and that spreads throughout our entire team. When he steps into that huddle, there’s 10 guys looking at him knowing he’s going to be the one to give them the answer to the problem on the field.”
Sunday feels like the day that Jones puts on a show with his arm.
The Bengals enter Week 12 allowing an average of 254.7 passing yards per game, 10th most in the NFL, and have produced just 13 sacks.
Between the Giants’ offensive line seeming to find its footing the past four weeks, the Bengals’ inability to generate consistent pressure on the quarterback, and a generous secondary, Jones could be on the verge of his strongest all around performance of the season.
Last season against Washington in Week 16, Jones passed for 352 yards and five touchdowns. This week feels like the game that Jones meets, and perhaps surpasses that output.