NFL Network's Kyle Brandt believes Giants will make playoffs in 2020
While he may not have reached his own expectations last season, Saquon Barkley quietly put together a strong 2019 campaign. Barkley missed three games due to a high ankle sprain, yet still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards. He became the first running back in Giants history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of his first two seasons.
Barkley finished the season with 1,003 yards on 217 carries (4.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns while adding 52 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns. In 29 career games, the 23-year-old has taken 478 carries for 2,310 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns and caught 143 passes for 1,159 yards and an additional six touchdowns. Barkley is one of the few backs in the NFL to possess such strong abilities as both a runner and a pass-catcher.
NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" crew discussed the Giants on Wednesday. While all of the analysts had some positive things to say about Big Blue, Kyle Brandt went so far as to say that strong performances from both Barkley and Daniel Jones will carry the Giants into the 2020 playoffs.
"Welcome my friends to the year of Saquon Barkley, when he will emerge nine months from now as the best running back on the planet…" Brandt said. "I think there's a cautionary tale in the sense of Christian McCaffrey last year, who had one of the most historic running back seasons ever, and yet the Panthers were a forgettable team that did not make the playoffs. I don't think that's going to be this Giants team because I think Daniel Jones is better.
"I think all of us who are oohing and aahing over McCaffrey and Derrick Henry, deservedly so, this fall are going to be saying 'Oh my God, Saquon Barkley is that good.' He is the guy who gets the Giants to the playoffs with Daniel Jones."
Preseason game against Packers moved to 6 p.m.
The time of the New York Giants' third preseason game at home against the Green Bay Packers has been changed to 6 p.m. ET. It was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. The date (Saturday, Aug. 29) and location (MetLife Stadium) remain the same.
It will be the teams' first preseason matchup since Aug. 22, 1997 when the Giants faced the Packers in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Giants begin their preseason as the visiting team in their annual game against the Jets on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. It is the second year in a row and just the fourth time in the 52-year history of the preseason rivalry the teams will meet in the opening preseason game.
Last's year's 31-22 victory was the Giants' fourth in a row in the series which is tied, 25-25-1. The tie was in 1972.
The Giants will be on the road the following week when they face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. eastern time, 7 p.m. local time.
The New England Patriots provide the opposition for the Giants' preseason finale for the 16th consecutive summer on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in MetLife Stadium. The Giants lead the preseason series, 19-10. The two teams first met in the preseason in 1971.
View iconic photos from the all-time series between the Giants and their 2020 opponents.