After the New York Giants pulled off an upset victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week One last week, they return home with a winning record for the first time since 2016. With the Giants home opener for Big Blue, they will look to start 2-0 for the first time in six years when they welcome the Baker Mayfield led Panthers to town. Here are the three keys to victory for the Giants.
1. Don’t fall behind early
This has been a recurring thing for the Giants for many years now. They fall behind early in games and have to mount comebacks late in the second half to either barely come away with a victory or lose a heartbreaker. Case in point, the Giants fell behind 13-0 against the Titans last week and their offense had to play pick up and mount a comeback and get saved by a last second missed field goal. If the Giants want to make any type of noise this year in the NFC East, they need to start off their game fast and not rely on their defense or any late game drama to propel them to victory.
2. Daniel Jones plays clean football
Daniel Jones statistically had a pretty good showing in his first game of the year, completing over 80 percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns. The fourth year signal caller still had two turnovers, one fumble and an interception in the red zone which could have made the game a lot more differently if he didn’t make that mistake. Head coach Brian Daboll won’t have any of that this year as he was seen yelling at Jones after that pick. If the Giants want any hope of winning their home opener, they will need Jones to avoid those mistakes as he has lead the league in fumbles since he entered the NFL in 2019.
3. Give Saquon the ball
Saquon Barkley went off last Sunday rushing for over 164 yards with two scores prompting the Giants with the comeback victory. After two seasons where he blew out his knee and struggled mightily getting any kind of positive yardage, he finally proved he was worth the second overall pick. If Barkley remains hot, that would take a lot of pressure off Daniel Jones and prompt Barkley to have another big game. Give Barkley the ball more and especially now they’re playing in front of the home crowd, he could help lead the Giants to victory.