Coming off their second straight loss, the New York Giants (2-4) head back home to face rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals (2-3-1) on Sunday.
After a disappointing defeat in Foxborough last Thursday night, the Giants had a 10-day break in between games and hope to have some of their star power back in Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram, who both practiced this week.
Let’s look at five reasons why the Giants will snap out of their losing ways and get back into the win column this week.
It starts and stops with the rookie, who is coming off the worst statistical game of his career thus far, which saw him go 15-of-31 for 161 yards and one touchdown, along with three interceptions against the Patriots’ No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL.
It was a tall task to go up against the Patriots on the road without his top two running backs, No. 1 receiver and tight end, which showed with Giants receivers averaging a mere 1.10 yards of separation per pass play. This saw the rookie Jones trying to fit nearly every pass into tight windows against the lock down secondary resulting in three turnovers and a career low 48% completion percentage.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a reputation as the best game planner in the history of the league and that showed as he was able to confuse Jones throughout the game disguising coverages on a consistent basis. One play that particularly stood out came on the Giants first drive of the second half when Stephen Gillmore collected the third interception of the game when selling man coverage to Jones on a Rhett Ellison out route, only to cut it off in his zone. This arguably was the turning point of the game and credit to Belichick for drawing it up. Gillmore had a big game defending three passes, one of which resulted in an interception, while picking off a pass of his own.
This week, Jones will have to face veteran corner Patrick Peterson, who is returning from a six-game PED suspension. The hope is that the rookie will stay away from Peterson, as opposed to the previous week against Gillmore.
You can expect Jones to bounce back on Sunday against the Cardinals 30th ranked passing defense that allows 28.5 points per game. The expectation is that his running back Saquon Barkley returns from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him the past three-games, along with tight end Evan Engram (sprained MCL) being back on the field.