While the wins do not necessarily support the narrative, Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has gotten better with each NFL start.
In his past four games, Jones has completed 101 of 158 passes (63.9 percent) for 990 yards and 11 touchdowns to one interception.
Despite the Giants' seven-game skid, the No. 6 overall pick in April's 2019 NFL draft has taken the losses hard, but is keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
"It's tough -- it's tough on everyone," Jones said Wednesday. "I mean, tough on me. You don't like to lose, No one likes to lose. No one on this team likes to lose. But like I said, I think we've responded well. We've had good practices, we've had people attacking the next opportunity and we've got to continue to do that and continue to improve. But yeah, I think that's our mindset and if we're consistent with that, we'll get back on track."
Just like any other first-year starter, Jones has experienced his ups and downs as he navigates the league.
Since he took over for Sept. 22's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his overall numbers tend to outweigh much of the 2-7 starting record.
Through nine starts, Jones has completed 205 of 329 passes (62.3 percent) for 2,117 yards and 17 touchdowns to eight interceptions while adding touchdowns rushing on 230 yards and 33 carries.
Although fumbles have been an issue -- Jones has coughed up the ball on 13 plays and lost possession nine times -- the first impression has resonated from head coach Pat Shurmur to running back Saquon Barkley.
"You can see the plays that he makes, he's a special player, a talented player," Barkley said of Jones. "(Wednesday) I got caught just watching, I should've finished the route, but just watching him throw a post ball. It was beautiful. He's a talented player. I know, like you said, beside the grit, he's got that. He's a talented player, he's got the work ethic, he's a smart player. Like I said, I know, I don't think, I know. God willing, he stays healthy, but if he keeps that same attitude, he's going to be a special player.
As the Giants prepare for Week 13's 1 p.m. game against NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3) Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Jones gets another chance to build.
"I think it's part of what we're doing on offense, especially in the red zone," Jones said. "I think we've had a good plan for it and we've been able to get open, and you're just trying to find the open guy. But I think we've got to continue to work on that and I think, like I said, guys have stepped up and made plays and gotten open, gotten behind people. I think kind of across the board, we've done a good job of preparing for it and then executing."