It was not pretty or one for the highlight film but the Giants finally got in the win column with a 20-19 victory over Washington. The victory helped the Giants avoid going 0-6 for the first time since 2013
Daniel Jones had a mixed bag of a day completing 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards but threw an interception that short circuited a team drive. He did run the ball well buying extra time and gaining some yardage but overall had issues continuing on his progressions and still focuses too hard on his primary receiver waiting too long to look for secondary options.
Giants took the lead on a Tae Crowder fumble return for a touchdown but the defense could not close the deal as Washington executed a 10 play 75 yard touchdown drive but then decided to go for a 2 point conversion instead of tying the game with a conventional kick.
” I was expecting for them to go for 2,” said Giant Coach Joe Judge, ” cause they have been aggressive in many situations this year and Ron Rivera has always been aggressive as a head coach.”
In the muddled NFC East, The Giants have a short week as they travel to Philly on Thursday and should the Cowboys lose to the Csrdinals on Monday Night they could be only 1 game back of the top spot in the division.
The win combined with the Falcons win leaves only the Jets as the remaining winless team if any of you are tracking that first pick in the NFL already only 6 games into the season.
But more importantly the Giants and Daniel Jones saw some light at the end of the tunnel. Yes he threw an interception and has now committed turnovers in 17 of his 18 starts but he did throw his first touchdown pass since Week 1.
His development is far more important than any win-loss record and he is starting to look more comfortable both in the pocket and throwing on the run. He still has a long way to go but a win is a win. Was it ugly? Yes but in the final analysis this group of players needed a successful day to validate the long term plan.