Scouting the Opponent: New York Giants
Cardinals face the 2-4 Giants at Met Life Stadium this Sunday in a game that will bring an abundance of rookie quarterback comparisons. Murray faces the second highest quarterback of the pick (number six overall) in Daniel Jones from Duke. Although many Giants fans are satisfied, they don’t have to watch Eli Manning, Jones hasn’t racked up impressive numbers. Cardinals face the 2-4 Giants at Met Life Stadium this Sunday in a game that will bring an abundance of rookie quarterback comparisons. Murray faces the second highest quarterback of the pick (number six overall) in Daniel Jones from Duke. Although many Giants fans are satisfied, they don’t have to watch Eli Manning, Jones hasn’t racked up impressive numbers.
Jones has a completion rate of 61%, is 85/140 on the year for a total of 921 yards with a quarterback rating of 74.1. Sure, he can scramble and has impressive arm strength – like his throw to Golden Tate in last week’s game against the Patriots. But he hasn’t been very accurate and is only averaging 189 yards and 1 TD in the past three games.
As with most teams this far into the season, Jones hasn’t had all of his offensive weapons available to him. Running backs Wayne Gallman and Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram were all out last week. Barkley, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Engram were back on the practice field on Wednesday and head coach Pat Shurmer is taking their progress day to day. It’s possible that both play against the Cardinals, which could mean a heavy run game for the Giants.
Without key offensive pieces, quarterback “Danny Dimes” has been forcing passes into narrow windows. In fact, of his 15 pass attempts where the receivers had less than one-yard separation, Jones was only 15/31 (49%) last week, according to Next Gen Stats.
In the last two games Arizona Cardinals faced an opponent that were better on the offensive side of the ball, however the Giants may create more problems on the defensive side of the ball. After leading Arizona as defensive coordinator, James Bettcher has been calling the shots for New York. Bettcher’s style is heavy on zone, light on blitzes, which has presented some challenges for a defense who has had trouble tackling.
Per NFL stats, the Giants have allowed 30 plays this season for 20+ yards. In addition to improving their tackles, their ability to pass rush has steadily improving gaining 96 total pressures, 16 of those ending in sacks, thanks to Alec Ogletree who ranks 1 in pass rush productivity. During the 2019 draft, Giants also secured DT Dexter Lawrence whose 13 pressures on the season, PFF of defensive lineman this season. To add to their defensive arsenal, ESPN stats show that Giants DT Dalvin Tomlinson was recently the most often.
Cardinals fans may also remember linebacker Markus Golden, who has been improving his stats as the year goes on. He’s earned at least a half a sack in each game this season and had a 42-yard fumble return last week against the Patriots.