The NY Giants finished 2021 with their 4-13 record and the pressure is on the playmakers to help turn things around. Such a low number of wins in 2021 is not something fans want to get used to. Believe it or not, the Giants are tied with the cross-town rival Jets for the worst record in the past five years, as they’ve both gone 22-59.
It goes without saying, but plenty of the struggles have come due to the play of quarterback Daniel Jones. With general manager Joe Schoen declining his fifth-year option, that puts an overwhelming amount of urgency on the upcoming season for the QB. In this piece, we take a look at four games where Jones must step up and deliver.
Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans
A Week 1 win would be an exciting way to kick off the season and it would bring to an end the five-year streak of New York recording a loss to open the year. The last Week 1 win came in 2016, a thriller which saw Victor Cruz (torn patellar tendon in October of 2014) score the game-winning touchdown.
With the Titans trading star wide receiver AJ Brown and featuring an aging quarterback in Ryan Tannehill – who now has Malik Willis behind him – Tennessee surely isn’t the same squad from years before.
Tennessee is still no joke, however, as they still have a superstar running back in Derrick Henry, who is feared across the league. On top of him, Robert Woods has made his way from the Super Bowl champion LA Rams to the Titans. Plus, the team also drafted wideout Treylon Burks in the first round. This will be a close battle and it will be on Jones to try and help the team get over the top.