A Conflicted Win
by John Jastremski
Dec 26, 2019 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, my feed on Twitter and my cell phone was evenly split with reactions from Giants fans following the overtime win over the Washington Redskins.

Some were happy, some were sad. It’s truly amazing what late season meaningless football can do to a fan base.

From a drafts order standpoint, Sunday was a negative for the Giants. The franchise is in desperate need of adding an elite-level pass rusher.

Chase Young out of Ohio State profiles as one of those generational talents at the position. There’s a clear gap between Young and the second-best pass rusher.

By defeating the Redskins, the Giants quest of landing Young became that much more difficult and far more unlikely.

That’s the bad news. That said, you can take a whole lot of good from Sunday’s win.

In his return from injury, Daniel Jones put together his best performance of the season. He became the first rookie quarterback to ever throw for 350-plus yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception.

It’s the sort of performance that shows that Jones can be not just a solid starter in the league, but potentially a star.

To his credit, he has proven me wrong. I wondered if he was worthy of a top-ten pick in the draft. Clearly he has justified that so far.

All in all, a Giants fan should be very pleased with the quarterback’s rookie campaign.

But Jones was not the only Giants offensive player who put on a show. Running back Saquon Barkley reminded Giants fans of how special a player he can be when he’s right.

Barkley set a franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage and was electrifying

running the football and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Barkley has a very high standard to live up to. As a running back taken with the second pick in the draft, a position that is not valued the way it once was in NFL front offices, the Giants will need him to be not just good, but a great all-world talent.

For your two most important players on offense, Sunday could not have been better.

Heading into 2020, the Giants main focus should be properly building around their young quarterback and star running back.

Jones and Barkley sent a message that if things are done the right way, maybe the future is looking up for the Giants? A future that will include avoiding Chase Young twice a year against the Washington Redskins.

The best case scenario was almost there. The Giants enjoyed these brilliant offensive performances, but yucked up a 14-point lead.

Will Giants fans be saying five years from now, who cares about Chase Young, we have a dynamic offense?

Or will this be the ultimate “win the battle, lose the war” game? Stay tuned in 2020 and beyond to find out!

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