Five bold predictions for Redskins vs. Giants in NFL Week 4
2. Daniel Jones throws for 300 yards, three touchdowns
Remember in the lead-up to the 2019 NFL Draft when many were declaring that Daniel Jones wasn’t worthy of a first-round pick? Well, against the Buccaneers last weekend, he certainly looked like a quality pick for the Giants.
In his debut as an NFL starter, Jones threw the ball well and was mostly accurate while doing his best to avoid turnovers. He was able to run the ball well too and was smart about choosing when to take off to pick up yardage as well as the key touchdown that put the Giants ahead late. In short, he looked ready for the moment and flashed the tools needed to be a franchise quarterback.
The counterpoint to this is that it is one game. Jones has surely been hearing about that, so he will be motivated to perform well. And Washington’s defense should prove to be a favorable matchup for him.
Saying that the Redskins defense has failed to live up to expectations in 2019 would be a massive understatement. The unit has been one of the league’s worst despite the fact that some thought they could be a top-10 defense if things broke right. But they have had major issues and particularly, their coverage has been poor.
While the Giants don’t have a ton of receiving weapons with Golden Tate still suspended in Week 4, they have Sterling Shepherd and tight end Evan Engram. With Saquon Barkley out at running back, the Giants may have to throw a lot, and those two could see a lot of targets.
If Josh Norman continues to struggle to contain the deep ball while Jimmy Moreland has growing pains in the slot, there could be a lot of open space for Jones to throw into. And if he can play as well as he did last week against the Bucs, he could be in for a good day.
Seeing Jones post 300 passing yards and three touchdowns is possible. It’s a risk to rely on a rookie quarterback to put up these types of numbers, but given that the Redskins defense is worse than that of the Bucs as currently constituted, Jones should be in position to succeed once again.