With the heroic and impressive efforts from rookie QB Daniel Jones, the New York Giants hailed their first win of 2019 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tale Of The Tape
In quite a disappointing first-quarter, New York Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones converted his only offensive drive into a field goal. His counterpart, Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston, turned the Bucs offensive chances into two touchdown drives. Questionably, Buccaneers K Matt Gay missed both of his field goals for the extra point after the touchdowns.
Immediately after the Bucs second touchdown, Jones responded in a promising way with an impressive 75-yard drive that resulted in his first-career rushing touchdown. After cutting the scoreboard deficit from 9 to 2, things took an ugly turn and doubts were circulating about the Giants’ decision to start their first-round pick over Eli Manning. New York's momentum subsided, they remained scoreless, punting twice and fumbling the ball midway through the second quarter. This left the Buccaneers opportunity to extend their lead to 18 points at the end of the first half.
In what could have been a decisive game already by halftime, QB Jones and the Giants came out of the half with a full-blown attack. In just one play, Jones threw an impressive pass to TE Evan Engram for a 75-yard touchdown. Then, Jones converted a dangerous and risky two-point conversion, cutting the deficit to 10 points in the 3rd quarter. After a missed opportunity from the Buccaneers, Jones led the Giants on a 8-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, pushing the game into an entertaining one-possession game.
With the game on the line, both teams struggles offensively. The Giants intercepted the ball, but then immediately fumbled in their extra possession. A little halfway through the 4th quarter, the Buccaneers extended the lead to 6 points and looked to close out at home. However, in a last-minute ditch effort, QB Daniel Jones was purely sensational. Covering 75-yards in 8 plays under 2 minutes, Jones ended a late game scoring drive with another fantastic 7-yard run, capping off his stellar debut performance at Raymond James Stadium. The score gave the Giants their first ever lead of the game. The Buccaneers, shocked at the previous events, were able to muster up an amazing last-minute run covering 59 yards to set up a game winning field goal. Nevertheless, K Matt Gay crushed the optimism of fans by dismally missing the game-winning field goal at the buzzer.
Eli Manning in Trouble
After hours of digesting and absorbing such an amazing performance from the rookie Daniel Jones whether Eli Manning will get his job back in New York. While it is easy to draw conclusions, based on the plethora of social media from New York Giants fan, that they have just found their next starting quarterback, all of this commotion and celebration may seem a bit too premature. While Daniel Jones have an impressive resume under his belt during his 3-years with the Blue Devils, passing above 2,000 yards per season with an average completion rate of 60%, and finishing his senior season with an astonishing 131 quarterback rating, his first opponent in his starting debut job in the NFL is not exactly one to remember. While we should not undersell Jones’ performance -- coming back from 18-point deficit, something Eli Manning never has done in his career, is all-in-all impressive, especially in his rookie debut--we should not overdramatize his performance. For all we know, this could just be a fluke, a beginner’s luck, a short-term stint that Daniel Jones just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and that QB Jameis Winston and his team did not know what to expect from this young stud in the organization.
Jones’ performance may have solidified his position as the starting QB for the next couple of games. New York is hoping that his performance against the Buccaneers is a mainstay, not a fluke. The Giants will go back home 2-games to defend home court against the Washington Redskins in Week 4, and then face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.
Key Injury: Giants HB Saquon Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain and remains questionable in the upcoming matchup against the Redskins.
Meanwhile, after dropping both games at home, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope to propel on the road against the NFC Champions Rams in Week 4 and the NFC Champions runner-up New Orleans Saints in Week 5.
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