New York Giants: Two Important, Winnable Games Next On The Schedule

The New York Giants are coming off of a blowout loss in week one. They traveled to Dallas to take on the Cowboys and failed miserably. New York was blown out 35-17.

The Giants’ defense put out an extremely poor performance, allowing the Cowboys’ offense to gain a total of 494 yards of offense. They also allowed Dak Prescott to have a career day with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Giants will have to make major changes defensively, and offensively too, in their week two game plan.

Beating The Bills

Fortunately, the Giants will have a winnable matchup in their week two home opener. The Giants will be hosting the Buffalo Bills in week two. This will be Buffalo’s second game in MetLife Stadium in two weeks after beating the Jets last week. So the Giants’ home field advantage might not be in full force.

Regardless, the Bills are a team that the Giants are capable of beating- with the right gameplan. Buffalo is not a high-powered, offensive juggernaut. They scored the same amount of points as the Giants last week, and the Giants’ gameplan left a lot of points on the field.

In week two, the Giants need to shift their offense to a run-first gameplan. Saquon Barkley needs to receive more than 11 carries in week two if the Giants want to have a chance to win. But if he does, the Giants’ chances of winning truly do skyrocket.

The New York Jets played a game down to the wire against the Bills last week. Buffalo came back and won after scoring 17 unanswered points, but the Jets had control over most of the game. The Jets’ offense found success by running the offense through their running back.

Le’Veon Bell received 17 carries for 60 yards and also 6 catches for 32 yards and 1 touchdown. Bell’s excellent performance was the reason for the Jets’ early success. Once Bell saw a dip in touches, the Jets’ success began to dry up.

The Giants need to have a similar offensive attack to the Jets. They need to run the offense through Saquon Barkley, but they need to run it through to the game’s end.

On the flip side, the Bills’ offense was not spectacular against the Jets’ defense. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen turned the ball over four times. This is good news for the Giants’ struggling defense. If New York can keep their defense off the field by killing the clock with the offensive run game, then maybe a Josh Allen turnover can seal the win for the Giants.

Beating The Bucs

The Giants will be back on the road in week three traveling to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers. The Bucs are another team that failed to meet expectations in week one. Their new head coach Bruce Arians was supposed to be the man to fix Jameis Winston. Unfortunately for Tampa, Winston looked like his same-old self in week one against the 49ers.

Jameis’s poor performance is fortunate for the Giants though. New York’s awful defense might actually stand a chance against this turnover-prone quarterback. Winston threw three interceptions against the 49ers in week one, including a pick-six, and fumbled twice (but luckily his team recovered both of them).

That means the Giants will be matching up with two turnover-prone quarterbacks in the next two weeks. The defense will have no excuses if they let either Winston or Allen have a career day like Prescott in week one.

All three of these teams, the Giants, the Bills, and the Buccaneers scored 17 points in week one. The Giants’ next two games are winnable, even matchups. If the Giants can run their offense through Saquon Barkley and squeeze out two wins in a row, they will quickly change their season’s narrative and outlook.

The New York Giants Need To Change Their Offensive Game Plan In Week Two

New York Giants, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley

The New York Giants just got embarrassed in a week one blowout loss against the division-rival Dallas Cowboys. The Giants defense has stolen all the headlines for the putrid performance in pass-defense. The Giants let Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott have a career-day and post a perfect 153.8 quarterback rating.

Yes, the Giants’ defense was awful and was the main reason they lost on Sunday. But it was not the only reason. The Giants’ offense should shoulder plenty of blame as well.

The Giants’ Game Plan In Week One

The Giants had so much hype surrounding Saquon Barkley heading into the season. Barkley is coming off of an incredible Offensive Rookie of the Year season in which he lead the league in scrimmage yards with 2,028. Despite this, Barkley was barely a part of the offense in week one.

The Giants gave Saquon Barkley a measly 11 carries despite Barkley averaging 10.91 yards per carry. Saquon got the ball rolling on the Giants’ first drive and looked like his usual explosive self, busting through with a 59-yard run on the Giants’ second play from scrimmage.

Unfortunately, Barkley did not see too many more opportunities like this for the rest of the game. The Cowboys have a star running back of their own in Zeke Elliott. Eliott had not practiced all offseason and signed a contract just two days before the first game of the season. Despite this, Dallas had the wisdom to feed their star running back.

Elliott got 13 carries, two more than Barkley, despite not playing football in pads in over a year. Instead of running their offense through their best player, the Giants decided to run a pass-heavy offense against the Cowboys’ strong pass-rush.

Eli Manning attempted 44 passes on Sunday. Manning was not the problem with the Giants’ offense (though he was not the solution either). The problem with the Giants’ offense was the play calling. Pat Shurmur’s refusal to feed Saquon Barkley cost the Giants a fighting chance in this game.

What The Giants’ Game Plan Needs To Be In Week Two

Pat Shurmur had multiple opportunities to get Saquon Barkley the ball on third or fourth and short but found every way possible not to. The Giants were awful on third down against the Cowboys, converting only two of their twelve opportunities.

Pat Shurmur noted that this was an area that the Giants needed to improve on in week two. The way to improve the third-down rate is to give the ball to Saquon Barkley. Barkley was targeted six times as a receiver, catching four of those passes, making his touch total 15.

Saquon Barkley is a generational talent who needs more than 15 touches and needs at least 20. If Barkley does not receive 20 touches in week two against the Bills, the Giants’ offense will disappoint again.

Another key to beating the Bills will be keeping the defense off the field as much as possible. Again, the solution is simple: feed Saquon Barkley. The more time the Giants take up running the ball, the more time their defense sits on the sideline.

Saquon Barkley is the best player on the New York Giants. It is time for Pat Shurmur to game plan as if he realizes this. Shurmur cannot use Saquon as a decoy anymore. He needs to be used as a force on offense. If this necessary change is made in week two, the Giants have a good chance of beating the Buffalo Bills in the 2019 home opener.

The New York Jets Lose A Heart Breaker To Buffalo

I’m not going to lie this one hurts, real bad. This game and this season were things Jets fans went into with loft expectations. Just like they always do, the Jets can’t be perfect. There was a lot of good and bad in this game. Ultimately though, the New York Jets blew many opportunities to win this game and the Bills walked away with a 17-16 win.

Le’Veon Bell Is The Focal Point Of The Offense

Everything went through Le’Veon Bell, the questions about rust were dispelled. The Jets gave him reps early and often. He had 17 carries for 60 yards and 6 receptions for 32 yards and a score. He showed off his patience and big-play ability that made him a superstar in the first place and he showed that he wasn’t missing a beat. The problem was, it was almost as though Adam Gase was too reliant on Bell. He didn’t mix match Ty Montgomery in there which is something that can throw defenses off. The ball was not spread around it was just continuously fed to Bell. Bell is a superstar but Gase needs to spread the ball around to see some more offensive success.

Jamison Crowder Was A Safety Net

Jamison Crowder was a slightly underrated acquisition by the Jets. He never really has fulfilled his potential due in part to injuries. Crowder and Sam Darnold have built up really good timing and seem to be working well. Crowder was able to bail Darnold out and be a scapegoat of sorts. However he was almost fed the ball to much, he had 14 receptions for 99 yards. Crowder played great but the Jets really need to spread the ball around more.

Kicking Woes Continue For Gang Green

Kaare Vedvik was a mess right from warm-ups. He was inconsistent and as the game began it was apparent. After a big pick 6 by C.J. Mosley, Vedvik missed the extra point then despite a bad hold, Vedvik missed a field goal by a country mile. Vedvik isn’t the answer and the Jets will continue to search because the kicking heavily contributed to this loss.

Mosley Shines, Hewitt Impresses

C.J. Mosley finished today’s game with 5 tackles, 2 PDs, 1 FR, 1 INT, and a TD. He lit it up and began to prove the New York Jets made a really wise investment. Then when he was out with his groin issue (something to watch), the team seemingly fell apart. Mosley was a huge part of the success today and shined big time. Neville Hewitt, in replacement of Avery Willamson, shined as well. Hewitt had an INT, 8 tackles, 1 TFL, and a PD. He had a solid day and raised some eyebrows of many.

Missed Opportunities

This section will be short. Any time a team has 4 forced turnovers and a 16-0 lead. It should be bigger and at the very least have been a win. The football Gods seemingly gave the Jets every shot to win and they couldn’t.

Browns Are Next

This one stung, I’ll dive more in-depth throughout the week but now it’s Cleveland Browns week. The Browns played even worse than the New York Jets and both sides have a lot to prove. It’s gonna be a hell of a battle and the Jets will need to bounce back.

New York Jets: Week One Prediction vs Buffalo Bills

New York Jets

Football is back and the New York Jets will open the 2019 regular season in MetLife Stadium against the division rival Buffalo Bills. The two franchises have been starved for success and they both believe that this will be their season in which they can dethrone the Patriots and reign supreme in the AFC East. Second-year quarterback’s Josh Allen and Sam Darnold will face-off, both are best friends off the field but on Sunday they will be mortal enemies. Both Squads have surrounded their young QB’s with talent over the offseason and are both ready to faceoff week 1. Who will come out victorious in this pivotal division matchup?

Buffalo Bills

The Bills are a team that is flying under the radar this season as they did not add any big names and have over the past 20 years been a laughingstock, but they are not to be taken lightly. According to Pro Football Reference, the Bills defense ranked top 5 in yards allowed, 1st downs, yards per play and passing yards allowed last season. Manned by stud cornerback Tre’Davious White the Buffalo Bills pass defense is a force to be reckoned with. The weak link of the Buffalo Bills is the offense, more specifically the passing game. According to Pro Football Reference, the Buffalo Bills finished top three in interceptions and bottom three in passing yards and passing touchdowns. However, Josh Allen did show promise as a dual-threat quarterback running for 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. If Josh Allen can become a more consistent passer the Buffalo Bills would be the favorite to win this game.

New York Jets

The New York Jets had a splash offseason throwing money at superstars at every position. With the additions of Le’Veon Bell, Kelechi Osemele and Ryan Khalil the Jets offense should take a significant leap this year. In 2018 the Jets had a middle of the pack defense followed by a bottom-five offense. This year the New York Jets will be relying heavily on the potential of their offseason acquisitions and the new offense being implemented by Adam Gase. There are a lot of unknowns with the Jets because we just haven’t seen enough of Adam Gase.

Prediction

This game is so evenly matched that it’s very hard to pick a winner. If the Buffalo Bills can air it out efficiently, they will be victorious. On the other hand, if the New York Jets can establish a run game and have most of the time of possession then they will win. This game will be a tight one, but the Bills will edge out just barely in a 24-17 win in east Rutherford. Bill will win mostly because the Jets secondary is a joke and they’ll be entering the second year of the Brian Daboll offense.

New York Jets: Which AFC East QB Will Take Over When Brady is Done?

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

Over the past 20 years Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have ruled the AFC East only giving up the division title twice, but how long can he go? Entering the 2019 season at age 42, Tom Brady will most likely not be able to sustain his success for the next 2 years. This begs the question, which young AFC east QB will take over when Brady finally decides to hang up the cleats? We’ll be examining the three second-year QB’s from the Dolphins, New York Jets, and Bills to find out who will take over once the captain of the evil empire is gone.

Josh Allen

The signal-caller for the Buffalo Bills had a surprisingly good season manning an offense that had little to no talent. Allen had some help by having arguably the best defense in the league last year, but he still showed flashes of being a top QB in the league.

Allen put up 2,074 yards, 10 TD’s, 12 interceptions and a 52.8 percent completion percentage last season through the air. On the ground, Allen was a beast racking up 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. Allen’s ability as a dual-threat QB is frightening when you consider he has a 6’5, 240-pound frame and a cannon for an arm, sometimes launching balls over 70 yards downfield.

Allen showed a lot of progressions last year especially after coming back from an elbow injury he suffered Week 6 against the Texans. Allen became a more efficient QB after the injury throwing for an average of 207 yards, 1.33 TD’s and 1.17 interceptions from weeks 12-17 compared to 168 yards, .5 TD’s and 1.25 interceptions weeks 2-5. Josh Allen also played on a team with the ninth highest percentage of dropped passes at 8 percent according to PFF. Josh Allen has a lot of raw talent and can be the next QB up in the AFC East, but he must overcome his accuracy issues and make better decisions.

Josh Rosen

The 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft had a very rough rookie season playing for the Cardinals finishing with the worst record in the league. Although the Cardinals finished with the worst record in the league Josh Rosen showed flashes of being a good starter.

Rosen finished the season with 2278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 55.2 completion percentage according to pro football reference. Rosen came out of college as very fundamentally sound QB with great footwork and flawless mechanics.

Many people look at the Cardinals season last year and assume that Rosen was awful because of their record, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rosen was surrounded by absolutely no talent and it doesn’t help that the Cardinals were tied for fifth in the league for sacks allowed (52).

Unfortunately for Rosen, he might not be able to become the next QB up in the AFC East because he’s once again on the least talented roster in the league in Miami. The Dolphins are in full rebuild mode and are not committed to Rosen being their franchise QB. Rosen may find himself getting traded around draft time next season again.

The Dolphins are rumored to be in love with star Alabama QB Tua Tagovailola, they will be able to get him as their a favorite to land a top 5 pick this year. For Rosen to replace Brady as the face of the AFC east he must take a massive leap in his second year and become the franchise QB the Dolphins have lacked since Dan Marino.

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets franchise QB had an up and down rookie year passing for 2,865 yards, 17 TD’s, 15 interceptions and a 57.7 completion percentage. Coming out of the draft last year Sam Darnold was seen as the QB with the best chance to succeed in NFL.

The first half of the season for Darnold was very bumpy, he showed that at times he could be great, and other times that he wasn’t ready to play in the NFL. Darnold suffered a foot injury against the Dolphins week 9. After missing 4 weeks because of the injury Darnold came back and finished the season with his best stretch of football.

Darnold had the highest grade over the final month of the season according to PFF, giving Jets fans hope for the future. Darnold’s best traits are his accuracy and his ability to extend plays, which is the reason why so many people were in love with him in college. If Darnold wants to be the next man up he needs to work on his decision making, Darnold was tied for the third-most interceptions in the league this year. Darnold has all the attributes you look for in a QB he just needs to be quicker when making decisions for him to avoid turnovers.

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Conclusion

After analyzing these QB’s I’ve concluded that Sam Darnold will most likely be the face of the AFC east when Tom Brady’s reign of dominance is over. Darnold has all the talent in the world and isn’t nearly as raw as Josh Allen is. Darnold spot on the roster for the next couple of years is secure unlike Rosen whose future with Miami after the season is murky. Darnold is the most likely to succeed out of all these QB’s and has a great supporting cast around him to help achieve that. I believe each one of these QB’s will take big strides into becoming better players this year but with all things considered Darnold is the favorite to take over.

Josh Allen 2019 Stats Prediction: 2,978 yards, 19 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Josh Rosen 2019 Stats Prediction:  2,567 yards, 16 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Sam Darnold 2019 Stats Prediction: 3,345 yards, 22 TD’s and 16 interceptions

Draft Trade Rumors: Why a Trade Between the Browns, Giants, and Bills Makes Sense

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The NFL draft is nine days away. So naturally, Twitter has all the answers. But what if in all the weeds there’s truth to be found? Recently, there was rumored trade talk between the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills—who own the No. 1 and 4, No. 2, and No. 12 overall picks respectively. The details aren’t clear. But after looking at all available picks for the teams and how the trade would benefit all three teams, it makes sense.

As far as who gets what, I’m going to cut to the chase.

There would be two separate trades, the first contingent on the second–which is where the three-team trade comes into play. The Bills swap with the Browns from No. 12 to No. 1, and the Browns swap their No. 4 pick with the Giants’ No. 2 pick. (I’ll explain the trade in further detail later)

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Why would the Bills do this?

First, the Bills have made no secret about their plans to move up and try to grab a franchise quarterback in this draft. In the past year, their new GM Brandon Beane (who worked closely with Giants GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina), has been stockpiling draft picks and could do just that. If Beane manages to climb all the way up to the No. 1 overall pick to choose their QB of the future, consider it mission accomplished from their perspective.

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So why would the Browns voluntarily give up the No. 1 overall pick and move down to the No. 12 pick when they need a franchise quarterback too? Even though they have the No. 4 overall pick, it’s unlikely the Browns have the top four QBs in this draft ranked all the same—simply taking whichever QB is left at No. 4 overall. This is where the Giants come in, and everything is contingent on the Giants giving up their No. 2 overall pick to the Browns for the Browns’ No. 4 overall pick.

The rumors of the Browns liking Josh Allen probably have some truth. It’s plausible that the Browns are more than happy with either Sam Darnold or Josh Allen as their future quarterback; and would be satisfied with taking the QB that the Bills don’t. Or perhaps both teams confer and want different guys.

Either way, if the Browns couldn’t secure this No. 2 overall pick guarantee by the Giants, it would likely be a deal-breaker. So, the Browns still pick up their future franchise QB that they’re happy with, simply drop their second first-rounder from No. 4 to No. 12, while picking up a haul. (More on that later)

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In this scenario, Gettleman forgoes the QB and looks to the elite position players that can make an instant impact. It’s been rumored the Giants are extremely fond of Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, and Quenton Nelson—the three elite, blue chip position players in the draft. With the Jets not hiding the fact they’re seeking a quarterback, the Giants still get their position player pick of the litter, while picking up extra draft picks. Dave Gettleman and the Giants fan base are happy. Or… they should be anyway.

I won’t get into the exact point value, but the trades would break down like this:

Trade:
Buffalo Bills:     1st overall pick     via CLE
Cleveland Browns:     1st (12), 1st (22), 6th (187), & 2019 1st     via BUF

Trade:
New York Giants:     1st (4), 2nd (35), 2nd (64)     via CLE
Cleveland Browns:     1st (2), & 2019 6th     via NYG

The mutual benefit is clear. Brandon Beane delivers, getting the Bills their franchise QB. New GM John Dorsey achieves the impossible, and delivers on what he was brought in for–getting the Browns their franchise QB. They also keep their second first-rounder in the top 12, gain an extra first-rounder, and another first-rounder next year for Dorsey to continue roster building with top tier draft picks. The Giants get their franchise blue chip player, and add an early and a late second-rounder.

Although it may appear the Giants get the better end of the Browns trade, the Browns make up for it with the Bills trade getting two additional first-rounders spread out over this draft and next year’s draft. The Browns need the Giants trade to make the Bills trade happen, and the Browns have picks to spare.

After the trade, here are what the 2018 draft picks look like for all three teams:

Buffalo Bills: 1st (1), 2nd (53), 2nd (56), 3rd (65), 3rd (96), 4th (121), 5th (166)
Cleveland Browns: 1st (2), 1st (12), 1st (22), 2nd (33), 4th (114), 5th (150), 6th (175), 6th (187), 6th (188)
New York Giants: 1st (4), 2nd (34), 2nd (35), 2nd (64), 3rd (66), 3rd (69), 4th (108), 5th (139)

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All three teams achieve the main goal of what they initially wanted heading into the draft, while still retaining draft picks. The Bills have four picks on Day Two to work with. The Browns have three first-round picks, still have the first overall pick on Day Two, and several Day Three picks. The Giants have five picks in the first 70, including the second and third overall picks on Day Two.

There’s no telling if this is really happening. But if it does go down, the pieces could be put in place before the draft. Rumor or not, this is a trade that does in fact make sense for the teams involved. It’s also a scenario that has QBs as the first three picks—which ultimately would make sense. As a Giants fan, if Gettleman could pull this off in his first season as GM, parlaying the No. 2 overall pick into two additional second-rounders, while still getting the top position player in the draft…I would consider that a major victory. As fans all we can do is wait and see what happens.