The New York Giants don’t have much hope for this season, but every game at this point is one where they can see improvements out of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. On Sunday, Jones leads the troops into Ford Field to take on a Detroit Lions defense that has really struggled this year. Will Jones and the rest of the offense have success against the Lions or will they struggle to score?
Let’s break down three bold predictions for Sunday’s tilt.
3. Daniel Jones is sacked eight times
The Giants have a real problem on their hands with Daniel Jones getting hit and they need to change it real soon, but I don’t think the changes happen just yet. In the Giants’ last game against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones was sacked eight times. Coming into that game, the Cardinals only had 14 sacks on the season. The Lions only have 10 sacks on the season, but with the Giants’ inability to keep Jones upright it shouldn’t matter.
The front four of the Lions have to be licking their chops, and there should be a lot of blitzes against the rookie quarterback. I am not sure he is going to get taken down eight times in this game, but he should be sacked at least six times.
2. Saquon Barkley rushes for 150 yards
With Jones struggling and running back Saquon Barkley getting healthier, this is a perfect time for the Giants to lean more on their star back. On the season, the Lions are giving up 139.2 yards per game which is 28th in the NFL.
Against the Cardinals, Barkley rushed 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns earlier this season. Barkley should be able to break off a couple of long runs in this game and that will boost him over that 150-yard total.
1. Jones completes 65 percent of his passes
In his last three games, Jones has completed less than 63 percent of his passes, but in this game he should be able to break the 65 percent mark.
The Giants’ coaching staff know they need to change things up a bit with Jones, which should lead to a lot of short passes and easy completions.
The Giants should go back to a more simplified playbook to try to help Jones get confidence back and help the offense move the ball better. This still might not result in a great game for Jones, but at least he will be completing passes.