On Sunday, the New England Patriots will play their second straight division game when they host the New York Jets — a team that will likely have to rely on its third string quarterback, Luke Falk, with both men ahead of him on the depth chart, Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian, unavailable due to medical issues. The Jets are not the only team in the Big Apple and on the Patriots’ schedule to face questions at quarterback.
As the New York Giants announced earlier today, they have decided to bench starting quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Daniel Jones. The writing for a move like that was on the wall ever since the Giants drafted Jones with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft — essentially designating him as Manning’s heir and the team’s long-term franchise quarterback. Now, he will get a chance to prove himself.
Along the way, the 22-year-old will also get to meet what is arguably the NFL’s best defense: in Week 6, the Giants will travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots on Thursday Night Football. While the two teams share plenty of history thanks to a pair of Super Bowl meetings and Bill Belichick’s coaching career, the next chapter projects to be unique: Manning, after all, has led the Giants since the 2004 season.
It remains to be seen if Jones can duplicate the success his now-backup had against the Patriots. Knowing the history of Belichick-led teams against rookie quarterbacks, however, Jones and the Giants might be in for a rough one in mid-October.