Daniel Jones has had his ups and downs in his rookie season with the New York Giants. The rookie quarterback will be looking to eliminate the latter when the Giants travel to square off against the Chicago Bears in Week 12.
When New York selected Jones with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, there was immediate outrage from the fans in the Big Apple. It’s safe to say that the initial outrage has subsided to a certain extent with Jones’ play as a rookie.
The Duke product has aired it out for 1,984 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in his first eight starts in the NFL. While he’s made strides as a quarterback, there’s no doubt that turnovers are his most glaring weakness.
This week, Jones will have to prevent himself from giving possession of the ball away versus a stout Bears defense. In light of that, here are three bold predictions for the Giants’ quarterback in Week 12 versus the Bears.
3. Jones will rush for a touchdown
In Jones’ first career start, it seemed as if the Giants were going to utilize his underrated ability to run the ball. The first-year starter rushed for two touchdowns and 28 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as New York won the game 32-31.
However, since Week 3, Jones hasn’t been using his legs as often when the Giants get into scoring position. That will change on Sunday against the Bears on the road.
Over New York’s bye week, they likely spent time finding ways to get Jones running more again. Even though, Chicago is among the eight NFL teams who have yet to allow a quarterback to score a rushing touchdown.
2. Jones will complete 75 percent of his passes
Rookie quarterbacks are typically inconsistent and are inefficient at times. That is proven to be true for Jones, who has looked remarkable in certain weeks and abysmal in other weeks.
Over his first eight starts, Jones has had five games where he had completed fewer than 65 percent of his attempts. At the same time, he’s had a game where he’s completed 74 percent of his throws.
In Week 12, Jones will play his most efficient game and will complete 75 percent of his passes versus a talented Bears defense.
1. Jones will avoid turning the ball over
Again, if there is one thing that Jones needs to clean up, it’s his turnovers. More specifically, the fumbles have been a problem for the young signal-caller in his first season in the NFL.
Along with his eight interceptions, Jones has also fumbled it 13 times. The last thing you can do when facing a defense like Chicago’s is giving the ball away to them continuously.
For the first time in his career, Jones will have zero turnovers in the box score on Sunday.