It was well documented that NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has struggled in prime time, but on Sunday night, Jones no question got that monkey off his back with the 20-12 win over Washington.
The win wasn’t just a big one for Jones, but also for the Giants, who are now 8-5-1 and on the doorstep of a playoff berth. Jones didn’t light up the box score, but if you actually watched the game, you saw how good he played.
He finished with 160 passing yards and 35 rushing yards. Jones converted some huge plays including a 3rd and 9 and a 4th and 9 which led to scoring plays for the G-Men. Brian Daboll showed huge faith in Jones and it paid off.
NY Giants QB Daniel Jones stepped up for Brian Daboll
The game plan for the Giants was clear. Get the ball out quick and avoid Washington’s dominant pass-rush. Jones had just 2.7 seconds to throw, so the plan worked well. Jones averaged his lowest yards per attempt this season, but at the end of the night, the team celebrated a victory.
With his future as a Giant uncertain, this was a game Jones needed to win and he did. Offensively, the biggest moment of the game happened when the NY Giants went for a 4th and 9 late in the first half and they converted with a big toss and catch to Richie James. They would finish the drive with a Saquon Barkley touchdown after going 97 yards on the 18-play drive. Goodness.
The Giants offense continues to get it done in unorthodox ways. The wide receiving core has been decimated by injuries, poor play and a surprising trade, but guys like James have stepped up at times. So has Isaiah Hodgins.
Sunday night marked the most important game of Jones’ career. It was the most important game for his future. Every game Jones plays will factor into the decision general manager Joe Schoen and Daboll have to make. If Jones continues to play like this, the decision will get easier and easier. No matter what happens, Jones has certainly made a case to be the future and proved he’s a good starter in this league.