Giants need Daniel Jones to step up in big game against Majors

There are six games left in a season brimming with success that no one saw coming, which doesn’t mean what comes next is some kind of bonus round for the Giants.

It’s important that a team that won seven of its first nine games doesn’t go into a tailspin in the second half of the season. It’s important for first-year head coach Brian Daboll to steer his team away from the icebergs that could sink the Giants. However, Daboll has the guise of a goalkeeper and will be back in 2023 no matter what happens down the stretch.

It’s especially important for quarterback Daniel Jones to keep what was an encouraging start to his contract year from turning into a rout all the way. Unlike Daboll, Jones is still part of the evaluation process for next season. In fact, he is the centerpiece of the evaluation process.

The best way for Jones to ensure the Giants come to the conclusion that they need him back is to stop the two-game losing streak and open December with a win to propel the team into a final run strong enough to enter. . the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Giants’ game on Sunday will be Jones’ 49th start and nothing that came so late in seasons past has been more significant than the clash with the red-hot Commanders at MetLife Stadium.

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“We are extremely excited,” Jones said in his usual unexcited tone of voice. “We are excited, ready to go. It’s a divisional game, a significant game in December. This is where you want to be, these are the games you want to play. We are all excited and can’t wait to get out there.”

The Giants (7-4) hold the No. 6 seed in the NFC postseason standings; the Commanders (7-5) are in the final playoff spot at No. 7. This will be the first of two Giants-Commanders games in three weeks. The teams are facing off moving in different directions: The Giants have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and the Commanders have won six of their last seven games. The resurgence has been matched by the rise of Taylor Heinicke to starting quarterback.

Can Jones light a similar spark for the Giants?

Based on his track record, there is no better opponent for Jones to face with his team that needs a win. Jones is 4-1 against Washington. At one point in his career, he beat Washington and then lost his next nine starts. At another point in his career, he lost six straight starts and then beat Washington. That franchise is his lifeline. He has thrown five touchdown passes in a game against Washington.

Perhaps even more critical to the Giants’ cause, Jones has displayed his speed and athleticism against Washington with aplomb. He has rushed for 74 and 95 yards in games against Washington. If he doesn’t find some light on his legs in this game, it seems inevitable that the Giants and Saquon Barkley will struggle. Without at least some of the attention from the talented Commanders’ defensive line directed at Jones and the attacking edge option, where will Barkley find the interior space to beat for yardage?

Ever since Jones exploited big holes in the Jaguars’ defense in Week 7 and rushed 11 times for 107 yards, opponents have been on the lookout for that to happen to them. Jones rushing attempts in the last four games: 6, 5, 7, 3. His rushing yards in the last four games: 20, 24, 50, 14.

“I think defenses have done a good job defending that,” offensive coordinator Mike Kafka said. “When we look at the schematics of how we have DJ on the perimeter, some teams may play defensive end a little differently to take away the QB run if that’s being effective. We have to be flexible and build plugins out of those things. That’s where we are now within the season, what are we doing really well? How can we build plugins out of those things? And then we have to go and execute it.”

Whatever the Giants accomplish the rest of the way will be won. They will finish the season with the toughest remaining schedule in the league. His opponents have a current winning percentage of .688.

“This is where you want to be,” Jones said. “These are the games you want to play, and being a part of them is exciting.”

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