The New York Giants are yet again irrelevant before Thanksgiving. The team is 2-6, with many injuries and underprepared coaching staff. This is likely the end of the Dave Gettleman era, which should have ended years prior. While fans are split on whether to look to the draft or continue to hope they can turn it around, here are some second-half predictions for the rest of the season for New York.
Second Half Predictions For the New York Giants
Azeez Ojulari ends as rookie sack leader
Azeez Ojulari was the Giants second-round pick back in April and has already shown a lot of promise. The coaching staff is more than pleased with what Ojulari has already brought to the table, and what he can add to his arsenal with more experience. Through eight games, the young edge rusher has 23 tackles, six tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and seven quarterback hits.
There have been games where the Giants have simply not been able to get to the quarterback. Hopefully, in the offseason, the team adds a premier pass rusher to complement Ojulari’s talent, which will then likely provide consistent pressure for years to come.
Daniel Jones reaches 20 touchdown passes
A feat Daniel Jones has only accomplished in his rookie year. Jones has faced adversity in terms of a horrendous offensive line and playing with backups for most of the time. He needs to start making more plays in order to show that he can be the franchise quarterback of the future.
Jones has played significantly better than last year. The turnovers have been cut down and he’s making smarter decisions. When Jason Garrett is calling the plays, nothing is easy. This offense’s potential is hindered by injuries and Garrett’s bad play-calling. Despite these challenges, Jones should at least get to 20 touchdown passes by the season’s end, especially with an extra game added.
The Giants finish with six wins for the second straight year
The rest of the Giants schedule goes as follows: Las Vegas, BYE, @Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, @Miami, @Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas, @Philadelphia, @Chicago, and the season finale is at home against Washington.
There are at least two to three more wins on the schedule for New York. They have yet to play a struggling Eagles squad, as well as their last matchup with the Washington Football Team. They also should be able to take care of business against the Miami Dolphins. The rest of the matchups are toss-ups. They can certainly hang in with those teams, but the question is if they can stop beating themselves.
Evan Engram plays his last game in a Giants uniform
After not moving him at the deadline, the Giants have a decision to make on former first-round pick Evan Engram.
Engram has had his fair share of mistakes, especially the last three seasons. Nobody knows for sure what will happen this offseason, potentially with a new general manager as well. However, it’s best for both sides to move on. Engram has the talent but needs to be consistent. Also, as long as Jason Garrett is here, Engram will not get the opportunity to correct the inconsistencies and has likely played his final season for Big Blue.
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