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A Hot Start for Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) attempting a pass during the Giants
32-31 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Behnken/AP Press)

Wow.

The Giants were down 28-10 at halftime in their recent matchup against Tampa Bay. As a fan, I have seen this same situation countless of times where the Giants were facing a large deficit and they were down and out for the rest of the game.

But this time was different. 

We watched the Giants, carried by Daniel Jones and without Saquon Barkley, bring themselves back into the game to snag their first win of the season. Jones put on a show against the Buccaneers with an impressive stat line. He threw for 336 yards and completed 23 of his 36 pass attempts. He also threw two passing touchdowns, one to Sterling Shepard that looked like an impossible catch, and the other to Evan Engram who showed off his acceleration. 

On Sunday, Jones proved he has some legs and mobility. He was the Giants leading rusher with four rushes for 28 yards. Jones also had two rushing touchdowns which is a real breath of fresh air for the team as they move forward. His second rushing touchdown gave the team the lead with 1:16 left on the clock. He came in clutch and it won them the game, despite the defense trying their hardest to blow the game, gifting the Bucs a win and taking away Jones spectacular debut. But the Bucs ended up choking harder than the Giants, missing just right on the potential game winning field goal by Matt Gay. 

Now this game also has its caveats as this game was played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team is known for tripping over themselves constantly and this game was no exception. Jameis Winston had a good game for once. This game was also very losable but the Giants got lucky with a missed field goal. Jones was also sacked five times in the game and faced 24 pressures. Despite this, he seemed completely unfazed when the pocket started collapsing each time. Jones also fumbled the ball twice, both of which were recovered by Tampa Bay.

I can only imagine how Dave Gettleman was feeling on Monday morning, knowing his draft pick wasn’t a complete failure. Daniel Jones must be feeling on top of the world as well, proving the masses wrong about him and showing off some great stats in his debut. He climbed out of an eighteen-point deficit, which was the largest come-from-behind win in almost 50 years, and it was something Eli Manning had never done in his career. I don’t expect Jones to carry this team to the playoffs by any means, but it looks like he might be a legitimate starter and that’s enough for me.

Congratulations on securing your first win Daniel Jones, I hope there are plenty more to come. 

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