Daniel Jones, Giants More Than Double Playoff Chances with Win Over Bucs
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- In his first career start, New York Giants rookie quarterback led the team to its first victory of the season against the Bucs in Week 3.
- Based on 10,000 simulations of the NFL season, we update the Giants' chances of making the playoffs following the win.
The Daniel Jones era has begun. After replacing two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning with Jones, the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants secured their first win of the season over the Tampa Bay Bucs in Week 3.
Not only did the Giants win the game, but Jones played a key part in the victory, completing just shy of 64% of his passes for two touchdowns through the air, as well as two more on the ground, including a game-tying 7-yard score with just 1:16 left on the clock.
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New York would take the lead for good on the ensuing PAT.
With Jones now under center and a win in their back pocket, the Giants will take on the Washington Redskins as 2.5-point favorites on Sunday, meaning oddsmakers believe it’s more likely than not that New York climbs to 2-2 on the season.
In fact, our projections give the Giants a 57.5% chance of reaching .500 following Week 4.
But what does this mean for New York’s prospects overall? Did the move to Jones do anything to improve NY’s postseason chances or should fans expect the same old Big Blue?
According to The Action Network’s NFL simulations, the Giants entered Week 3 with a 4.4% chance of making the playoffs. Following the win over Tampa, New York more than doubled its postseason chances, which now sit at 10%.
Should the G-Men find a way to top Washington this weekend, back-to-back games against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots in Weeks 5 and 6 will not only go a long way in determining their playoff viability, but also whether they’ve truly found their franchise quarterback.