Daniel Jones will get his first taste of the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys rivalry as a starter in Week 9. The rookie quarterback has had his ups and downs to begin the year, but he’ll need to be at his best on Monday night.
Coming into this game, the Giants are 2-5 and are in sole possession of third place in the NFC East. Unfortunately, New York has lost four consecutive games after starting the season with a 2-1 record.
In Jones’ first six starts, he has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. On the other hand, the Cowboys are atop the NFC East with a 4-3 record and are coming off of their bye week.
Therefore, Dallas had an extra week to prepare, making it tougher on Jones to get into a rhythm on Monday. With that being said, here are three bold predictions for the Giants’ quarterback versus the Cowboys in Week 9.
3. Jones will throw for 300 yards
Last week, Jones had arguably his best game throwing the ball against the Detroit Lions. The first-year starter completed 28 of his 41 attempts for 322 yards and four touchdowns.
It was the second game of Jones’ young career that he eclipsed 300 passing yards. The rookie out of Duke will make it three games this week against the Cowboys at home.
The Cowboys have allowed two teams to throw for over 300 yards in 2019, with one of them being the Giants in Week 1. However, that was when Eli Manning was the starter in New York.
2. Jones will throw three touchdowns
Since Jones became the starter in Week 3, he has thrown a touchdown pass in every single game. Only in one of those games did he throw for more than two touchdowns though.
Again, last week versus the Lions, Jones completed four touchdown passes as he had a nearly perfect start under center. The Giants’ first-round pick will carry his momentum from Week 8 into Week 9.
On Monday Night Football, Jones will throw for another three touchdowns to aid in New York’s chances to pull off the upset.
1. Jones will rush for a touchdown
When Jones first became the starter, he flashed his ability to create plays with his legs. From Weeks 3-4, Jones rushed for 61 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns on the ground.
On the other hand, from Weeks 5-8, New York’s hopeful franchise quarterback has carried it just 13 times for 68 yards and zero touchdowns. His scoreless streak on the ground will come to a halt in Week 9 versus the Cowboys.
Dallas is one of the 13 teams in the NFL who have yet to allow a quarterback to score a rushing touchdown in 2019.