The Giants could easily be at least 6-4 right now.
There have been six times where the Giants had the chance to tie or win on their last drive and they haven’t accomplished that feat yet once. After these five failures, Jones actually finally got the touchdown when it was needed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
Jones linked up with Golden Tate to bring the score to 25-23 pending the tying two-point conversion. On the game’s defining play, Jones went through his reads a second too slowly as he threw to Dion Lewis too late. He was open earlier before the defender closed the space between him and Jones. A flag was initially thrown presumably for pass interference as Winfield Jr. seemed to get to Lewis too early, but the flag was picked up and no penalty call was made. While I believe it was an egregious call, it was perfectly fitting for the NY Giants 2020 season.
As of lately, they have closed out three of their last five games in dramatic style. All three wins were by one possession and the Giants defense stepped up big in huge spots in the 4th quarter. If the Giants want to take the next step and show they can be a reliable team who can close out and win games, Jones will need to show he can get it done in the clutch while trailing in the 4th quarter and in two-minute drill situations.
Jones started his career off with a game-winning rushing touchdown in New York along with a signature five-touchdown day in Washington culminating in a game-ending touchdown pass to Kaden Smith in overtime. We need to start seeing more of this side of Daniel Jones and it will make NY Giants fans feel a lot better about the quarterback they selected 6th overall in 2019.