Daniel Jones Report Card: NY Giants Offense Shows No Life in Ugly Loss

Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones struggled mightily, as the offense never generated much of a rhythm in ugly Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos

Another NY Giants’ season, another NY Giants’ Week 1 loss.

It’s truly become a part of this team’s DNA.

For some reason, the Giants are not able to string together a complete game, half, quarter, or even have back-to-back drives without catastrophe and mass incompetence.

The NY Giants lost in Week 1 for the ninth time in 10 years. It’s truly a hard feat. Losing 9 of 10 season openers may be as hard as winning 9 of 10 too. No NFL team should ever be that consistently slow to start the season and be as bad as the Giants were Sunday.

There was a great concern heading into the year about the Giants’ offensive line play. The thought was that the five guys up front wouldn’t be able to pass protect for Daniel Jones and give him time to throw. Actually, the line performed pretty solid in pass blocking. In their run blocking attempts, they found little to zero success trying anything on the ground.

Jones had another mixed bag performance Sunday.

It was much of the same from the same Daniel Jones we’ve seen for over 730 days now. It’s time for him to step up, rise to the occasion, and overcome his team’s weaknesses to be seen as the franchise QB. Another performance like today’s will not inspire confidence for a QB who’s playing for his job next year.

Here’s a closer look at Daniel Jones’ Week 1 Performance in the NY Giants’ loss:

NY Giants QB Daniel Jones’ Best Moments of The Day

There weren’t many bright spots for the NY Giants, but there were a few positives that stood out.

To start off, the NY Giants actually got off to a great start in their first three plays. On the third play from scrimmage on 3rd down, Jones hit Darius Slayton on the right sidelines for a gorgeous 42-yard completion. The play instantly electrified the Metlife Stadium crowd and sent them into a frenzy.

It was an exciting moment for an anemic offense and a fanbase that has desperately watched them struggle to hit big plays or put up 20 points with zero points.

From there, the drive completely stalled and only went backward.1st & 10 from Denver’s 30-yard line becoming 4th & 23 punting from the Broncos’ 43-yard line is a horrible look. The NY Giants got off to a fast start thanks to a great strike from Jones and yet were still unable to capitalize.

Jones’ biggest throw of the day came in the 2nd quarter. Jones orchestrated a 7-play, 4:22 minute drive that spanned 75 yards. Jones capped it off with a nice throw to the outside for Sterling Shepard. Shep did the rest and fought his way to the end zone for the game’s first touchdown and the Giants’ first lead of 2021 at 7-3.