EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Daniel Jones threw two touchdown passes in the Giants' loss to the Bears Sunday in Chicago and has thrown for at least one score in each of his first nine career starts.
That makes him a) one of eight quarterbacks since the 1970 merger with at least one touchdown pass in each of his first nine starts, and b) part of a five-way tie for fourth place among the quarterbacks who have accomplished the feat in those 50 seasons.
It's an eclectic list. The top three includes two Super Bowl winners, one a Hall of Famer, and a former No. 1 overall draft choice who is in his second season. But the four quarterbacks tied with Jones are perhaps best described as journeymen.
|NAME||TEAM||Consecutive Starts with a TD Pass||Year(s)|
|Kurt Warner||St. Louis||23||1999-2000|
|Tim Rattay||San Francisco||9||2003-04|
*Jones' nine-game streak with a touchdown pass is the longest by a Giants quarterback since Eli Manning's 10-game streak spanning the 2015-16 seasons. The nine consecutive games tie Charlie Conerly's Giants rookie record set in 1948. Jones can break the mark Sunday at home against the Green Bay Packers.
*Jones has broken two of Conerly's franchise rookie records and is close to claiming two more. His 333 pass attempts and 208 completions exceed the former records of 297 and 162, respectively. Jones has 2,134 passing yards and needs just 42 to break Conerly's record of 2,175. He has thrown 17 touchdown passes, leaving him five short of Conerly's record of 22 with five games remaining.
*Jones is second on the team with 235 rushing yards, the highest total by a Giants quarterback since Jeff Hostetler ran for 273 yards in 1991.
*Jones had the Giants' longest run in Chicago, a 26-yard scramble on the team's 97-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown drive. It was the third time this season Jones had the team's longest run in a game. He is the first Giants quarterback to do that since fellow Duke alum Dave Brown in 1994.
*Tight end Kaden Smith joined wide receiver Darius Slayton as rookies with touchdown receptions this season. This is the first time since 2016 the Giants had both rookie wideouts (Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis) and a rookie tight end (Jerell Adams) catch touchdown passes.
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*Markus Golden has a team-best 7.5 sacks, the highest total by a Giants linebacker since Jessie Armstead had 9.0 in 1999.
*Aldrick Rosas has missed a field goal attempt or extra point try in five consecutive games. He is the first NFL kicker to do that since…Rosas, in 2017. Last season, he rebounded to make 63 of his 65 kicks and was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team.
*On Sunday, the Giants' defense limited the Bears to 65 rushing yards on 26 carries, a 2.5-yard average. It was the lowest average by a Giants opponent with at least that many attempts since Dec. 29, 2007, when undefeated New England ran for 44 yards on 26 carries, a 1.7-yard average.
*When the Bears' Mitch Trubisky scored on a two-yard run, he became the fourth quarterback to rush for a touchdown against the Giants in 11 games. The others were the AFC East trio of Josh Allen, Tom Brady and Sam Darnold. That is the highest one-season total for Giants opponents since 2006, when the quarterbacks were Vince Young, Michael Vick, David Carr and Drew Bledsoe.
*Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson has started all 43 games since the Giants selected him on the second round of the 2017 draft. He is one of just four players from that draft class to start every game. The others are Denver tackle Garett Bolles, Jets safety Jamal Adams and Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious White.
*The Giants today waived wide receiver Bennie Fowler for the second time this season.
The five-year veteran was released on Oct. 1 and re-signed on Oct. 14. Fowler played in eight games – four prior to his release and four after his return – and caught 23 passes for 193 yards, with a long reception of 17 yards. He was inactive on Sunday in Chicago.
Fowler first joined the Giants on Oct. 16, 2018. Last year, he played in 10 games with five starts and had 16 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.
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