To snap a two-game losing streak, the Giants will have to beat the Cardinals in their home stadium. And though they are 2-3-1 on the season, Arizona still offers a tough challenge, especially in the form of rookie quarterback Kyler Murray.
This year's No. 1 overall draft pick has showed off that pocket presence to go along with his elusive legs between the hashes. For the Giants to have any success against Murray, being able to contain him will be a must.
Head coach Pat Shurmur discussed Murray's skill set at practice on Monday, and he has been impressed by what he's seen from him thus far.
"He keeps every play alive with his feet, certainly," Shurmur explained. "They're doing a lot of good stuff on offense. You see the reason why he was a dynamic player in college. He can make great throws from the pocket, but when the field gets spread out, he can take off and run with it. Especially in situational football where it's third and short, or some of the third downs, or you get down in the red zone, they take advantage of his legs and his ability to move around. Not to minimize the fact that he's an outstanding pocket passer. I think that's what makes him dangerous."
It will be on the defense, then, to make sure Murray is held in check. Someone that will help that cause will be Jabrill Peppers, who has been playing really well to start his Giants career. Peppers never got to face Murray in college, but he knew when he came out of Oklahoma last season that he would make an immediate impact for whatever team drafted him.
"I mean I'm a football player, so the way I evaluate guys is different than the guys who don't play football evaluate guys," Peppers said. "He's unorthodox, but he can and will be a phenomenal quarterback in this league. I knew that coming out, as well as a lot of other quarterbacks that were in my draft, the year after. So, we know we have a tall task at hand, but we are going to go in ready for it."
Heading into Sunday, Murray is also coming off his best NFL start thus far. He went 27-for-37 for 340 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions to aid in the 34-33 win over the Falcons. Overall, Murray has 1,664 yards with a 64.3 completion percentage, seven touchdowns to four interceptions, and has two rushing touchdowns as well.
He also had a headstart to his rookie season compared to Daniel Jones, who will be making his fifth start of the year. Jones is showing his growing pains in his last two games after facing two tough defenses in the Vikings and Patriots. He has two touchdowns to four interceptions in that span, three of which came in Foxboro.
It will be a fun battle to watch between these quarterbacks that were picked just five spots apart. And while Jones can show off his legs as well as his arm, Murray's ability to scramble and pick up the yards he needs has the edge.
The Giants' defense will have their hands full.