For the New York Giants, it’s all about pride, and that pride was on full display against the Redskins on Sunday. Behind Saquon Barkley and rookie QB Daniel Jones, who threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to TE Kaden Smith, New York defeated the Redskins 41-35 at FedEx Field.
Obviously, with both teams coming into this game at 3-11, the talk was about draft order, and for some, that means Ohio State DE Chase Young, but according to Giants RB Saquon Barkley, it’s all about wins.
“A lot of people probably would have wanted us to just lay down and lose for draft picks,” Barkley said. “A lot of people probably would have wanted us to just lay down and lose for draft picks. But we made a mindset as a team that we wanted to finish the season off strong, and we have the opportunity to do that next week(Philly at home).”
Good defense was not on display for both teams, as both offenses combined for 11 touchdowns and 913 yards of total offense However, the Giants’ offense shined a little brighter, especially Jones, who returned after missing two games due to an ankle injury, and Barkley.
Jones and Barkley set team records on Sunday. Jones, who completed 28 of 42 passes for a career-high 352 yards, became the first rookie in Giants history to throw five touchdown passes in a game. Jones also became the first rookie in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a game, while Barkley set a franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage, including a career-high 189 rushing and 90 receiving. The second-running back added two scores(one rushing, one receiving).
If you’re the Giants, you have to be excited about what you have in Jones and Barkley. These two look like the real deal. Jones, who many criticized New York for selecting over Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins(left the game in 3rd quarter due to ankle injury), has played well this season, and of course, Barkley, when healthy, is a special player.
Some Giants fans may have hated seeing their team defeat the Redskins on Sunday, but if you look at what your two young players did against Washington, you have to be excited about the future, which, even with this victory, will still include a very high pick in the 2020 draft.