For the third time this campaign, the NY Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are ready to dance. This time, though, there’s a trip to the NFC Championship Game on the line. The stakes have never been higher for these two teams, and you know everyone in New York and New Jersey would love to see Daniel Jones take down Jalen Jurts.
During the first two matchups of the season, the Eagles had NY’s number. However, this is going to be a totally different game and it feels like Big Blue has a great chance of ending Philly’s year. In order for that to happen, there’s four adjustments we have in mind from the previous two battles:
4. Daniel Jones must take off and run
If there was one thing in particular we loved from the NY Giants victory over the Vikings in the Wild Card Round, it was no question the play of Daniel Jones. Danny Dimes tossed the ball all over the field, finishing with 301 passing yards and touchdown passes to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins and tight end Daniel Bellinger.
As good as that was, we also saw why Saquon Barkley gave Jones the ‘Vanilla Vick’ nickname. Against the Vikings, Jones rushed for 78 yards, taking off for several big runs. Not only that, Jones also had a pair of quarterback sneaks on fourth down that ended up in first downs. Jones was on the money carrying the pigskin.
Now, more of the same needs to be on the way against the Eagles in the Divisional Round. When the Giants and Eagles faced off in Week 14, Jones only carried the ball four times for 26 yards. He did add a touchdown, but the ground game wasn’t a big part of Jones’ day in that tough 46-22 loss. Come Saturday night vs. Philly, we’d like to see Jones take off and run with consistency.