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New York football was a bit rough in 2017. The Giants finished 3-13 and earned the second-overall pick in the draft, while the Jets finished 5-11 and traded up for the third-overall pick in the draft. The Giants decided to draft star running back Saquon Barkley and stick with Eli Manning at quarterback, while the Jets drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold to be their franchise quarterback. 


We're now five weeks into the NFL season and not a ton has gotten better for either team record-wise, with the Giants at 1-4 and the Jets at 2-3. But there have been some promising signs for the Jets. These numbers will make Jets fans happy and Giants fans.... not so much. 

Barkley is an incredible talent. It's just unfortunate he doesn't have much of an offensive line to block for him. Being outrushed by Isaiah Crowell isn't a great look, even if we take into account that Crowell just rushed for 219 yards in a single game. What makes matters worse for the Giants is Darnold, the quarterback they could have taken instead of Barkley, is outperforming their veteran. And Darnold isn't even playing that well!


Darnold and Manning are actually almost polar opposite quarterbacks at the moment. Manning is completing 71.7 percent of his passes, but for just 10.3 yards per completion and six touchdowns. Meanwhile, Darnold has been inaccurate, completing just 55.7 percent of his passes, but has 12.8 yards per completion and seven touchdowns. 

For the Jets, this is nothing but a positive because Darnold is a young quarterback who has plenty of time to improve and get better. For the Giants, it might be time to start looking toward the future and the 2019 NFL Draft.  


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