The Giants and Jets Finally Secured Their First Win Behind Daniel Jones and Zach Wilson, But 1 Team Is In Better Shape Than The Other

The New York Giants and the New York Jets entered Week 4 in bad shape. Both teams were sitting at 0-3, with so many unanswered questions. Their respective quarterbacks, Daniel Jones and Zach Wilson, needed to step up in a major way. Jones and Wilson answered the bell, leading their teams to overtime upsets.

The Giants and Jets are no longer winless, but one team appears to be in better shape moving forward in 2021.

The New York Jets outlasted the Titans in OT

The New York Jets pulled off a 27-24 victory in an overtime thriller against the Tennessee Titans.

The biggest storyline of the game was the play of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. The BYU product struggled to begin the season. He threw for 628 yards, two touchdowns, and seven interceptions through the first three games. Wilson completed just 55.3% of his passes during that span.

The rookie finally showed some flashes to support why the Jets front office drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Wilson dropped some dimes against the Titans. He finished with 297 yards and two touchdowns. He threw another interception as well, but the improved performance is certainly encouraging. Wilson re-established his connection with Corey Davis, including on a 53-yard touchdown bomb.

New York’s defense wasn’t great, but it held its own. The unit allowed Derrick Henry to run for 157 yards and a touchdown, but he also ran the ball 33 times.

Wilson definitely stole the show. “He’s a fighter,” linebacker C.J. Mosley told The Athletic.

The New York Giants stunned the Saints on the road

Giants QB Daniel Jones in action; Jets QB Zach Wilson in action
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones throwing pass against the Saints | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images; Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throwing pass against the Panthers | Mike Comer/Getty Images

The New York Giants traveled to New Orleans as underdogs, taking on the Saints in the Superdome. After losing by two touchdowns to the Denver Broncos in Week 1, the Giants dropped nail-biters to the Washington Football Team and the Atlanta Falcons.

The 2021 season is monumental for the development of Daniel Jones. Since the Giants’ front office drafted him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019, Jones has provided several reasons why he didn’t deserve to go that high.

The Duke product has not played terribly so far in 2021, but he also hadn’t played well enough to elevate New York to any wins. That changed against the Saints.

Jones completed 28 of 40 pass attempts, finishing with 402 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He posted a career-high in passing yards and added 27 yards on the ground.

After an 11-point fourth quarter, culminating with a Graham Gano field goal, the Giants forced overtime. Safety Jabrill Peppers went viral for his reaction to New York winning the coin toss before overtime.

The Giants got the ball first, and that was all she wrote. Saquon Barkley capped off an impressive drive with a six-yard walk-off touchdown run.

The Giants are in better shape than the Jets looking forward

Both teams are riding high after their upset victories. It was unclear when either team would get their first win of the season, but Week 4 wouldn’t have been the guess.

While both teams showed improvement over previous games, the New York Giants appear to have a better outlook for the rest of the 2021 season.

Zach Wilson showed flashes of brilliance, but it’s hard to trust that the Jets’ offense will continue to play that well. The running game is unproven and, therefore, unpredictable. The offensive line played its best game of the season. The Titans sacked Wilson once, but Tennessee doesn’t boast a fierce pass rush.

The defense made some plays, but the Titans were playing without A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. If the receivers were playing, there’s no telling how the game plays out.

The Giants won a road game against the Saints. Their first victory was slightly more impressive. Daniel Jones played well, and Saquon Barkley looks healthy. Left tackle Andrew Thomas has also improved his play after a rough rookie season. PFF awarded him with a 79.9 in Week 4.

The G-Men have more talent on the offensive side of the ball, and they weren’t at full-strength against New Orleans. The defense is middle of the pack, so there’s room for improvement, but they did more with less in 2020.

Neither New York team is contending for a Super Bowl any time soon, but the Giants will probably win more games in 2021.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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