The Giants turned to their rookie quarterback Daniel Jones on Sunday, and he delivered a fantastic performance and got New York their first win of the year.
Whether it should or not, that turns up the pressure on Redskins rookie QB Dwayne Haskins.
Jones turned in a tremendous game in his first ever NFL start, completing 22 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two scores, including the game-winner late in the fourth quarter. The New York tabloids will likely go nuts after Jones' effort, and while it's likely overkill, the former Duke Blue Devil looked completely in control of his game and the Giants offense.
He was good, and right or wrong, that's going to lead a lot of people to look at the Redskins and their plan for Haskins.
Let's be clear — current Washington starter Case Keenum has acquitted himself well through two games. He's gone for 600 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Redskins are 0-2, but it hasn't been Kenum's fault.
That said, Keenum hasn't been great either. He's missed some big opportunities down the field and held on to the ball a little too long in a few spots that have finished in sacks.
If Keenum wins Monday night against Chicago, the Redskins will stick with him Week 4 in New York.
But should the Redskins lose, whether it's Keenum's fault or not, the pressure to go to Haskins will be immense. Washington would be wise to not cave to that pressure, but it's going to be intense.
Remember, Jones went 6th overall to New York and Haskins went 15th overall to the Redskins. Many expected the Giants to take Haskins at 6, and he grew up in New Jersey rooting for Big Blue. That didn't happen, and Haskins got to come to the Redskins and stay in the D.C. area, where he played his high school football.
The NFL hype machine can't be stopped. The Redskins know that.
If Keenum doesn't win Monday night, and there could be a million reasons for a win or loss outside of his control, that hype machine will push hard for Haskins vs. Jones.
The Redskins should ignore the hype, but sometimes, it just can't be stopped.
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