The New York Giants officially named rookie Daniel Jones as the team's starting quarterback, replacing two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning after two uninspiring weeks into the 2019 season.
Giants named Daniel Jones their starting QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
Jones was selected by the Giants with the sixth pick overall in the 2019 NFL draft, a selection that was widely criticized by draft analysts and fans across the country. The former Duke star was considered a fringe first-round pick for much of the run-up to the draft, but few big boards had him rated as a top-10 pick.
Jones silenced most of his critics this summer with a superb preseason. He completed 29-of-34 passes (85.3% ) for 416 yards and two touchdowns over four games and sparked an unexpected quarterback controversy as the calendar flipped to September. The general consensus was that Jones would sit until the Giants fell out of playoff contention, and while an 0-2 start certainly isn't great for a team's playoff hopes, the season isn't quite over yet.
Still, there was no point in delaying the inevitable. Manning looks washed, and with the Giants going nowhere in 2019, it makes sense to give Jones some experience.
And this could end up being bad news for the Chicago Bears come Week 12.
New York suddenly has a more dangerous offense with Jones under center, and while rookie quarterbacks usually give defenses like the Bears' an opportunity to create turnovers, he'll also be a tougher out than Manning because of his ability to make plays with his legs.
Jones will also have several starts under his belt by the time he comes to Soldier Field on November 24.
Regardless, the Bears should be heavy favorites by the time their tilt with the Giants rolls around, regardless of who New York sends out at quarterback.
Say what you want about Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and his questionable start to the 2019 season as a play-caller, but no one can argue his intensity and passion for the game. He's all-in, fully invested in this team and their quest for a Super Bowl, and he wore his emotions on his sleeve in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
History suggests teams that start a season 0-2 have about a 10% chance of making the playoffs. That's why Sunday's game was so important; if the Bears lost, and dropped to 0-2, the odds would've been stacked against another appearance in the post-season. And if that happens, calling the 2019 season a letdown would be a massive understatement.
So, yeah, emotions ran high after Eddy Pineiro connected on the game-winner as time expired. Count Nagy among the many who let his passion flow after the kick went through the uprights.
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💥 BOOM 💥— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 17, 2019
💥 BOOM 💥
💥 BOOM 💥 pic.twitter.com/OtUrqkkFiE