Where Things Stand Halfway through NFL Season


Dominic Sama, Staff Writer

Halfway through the 2020 NFL season, the 2-7 New York Giants and the 0-9 New York Jets are both on track to be out of playoff contention as soon as next week. Both teams, at this point, are probably thinking ahead and thinking about who to draft given how both teams will potentially have very high picks in the NFL Draft come April.
The Jets continued their winless streak Monday Night against the New England Patriots, losing to a last-minute field goal by former Jets kicker Nick Folk and resulting in a final score of 30-27 in favor of the Pats. Dropping to 0-9, this means the Jets have no chance of even hitting .500 when the season ends.
Joe Flacco, the former Super Bowl MVP with the Baltimore Ravens, was put in as starting quarterback after Sam Darnold injured his shoulder in a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday.
There have been rumors going around the Jets organization that they are seriously looking to draft Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence, however, has left the door open to staying at Clemson for his senior year if the Jets indeed would move to draft him. This is really bad news for the Jets because they are most definitely going to have a spring cleaning of sorts once the offseason arrives. Whether it’s coaching changes or players being traded, cut or signed, the Jets could look very different next season.
The New York Giants, who currently sit at 2-7, still have a chance of winning the NFC East title given how the three other teams in the conference are all under .500. The Philadelphia Eagles are at the top of the division with a record of 3-4-1.
The only two wins for the Giants both have come against the Washington Football team by close scores. The last game against them ended up being a 23-20 win. New head coach, Joe Judge, has been improving the Giants in a big way after inheriting a struggling 4-12 team with Pat Schurmur at the helm.
The current record may not reflect it, but the Giants have shown significant improvement in the running game, the offensive line, and improvement at quarterback with Daniel Jones. Jones threw 23/34 passes for 212 yards, 1 touchdown and zero interceptions. If Jones keeps up his passing game like this, it could lead to more wins for the Giants in the coming home stretch.
The Giants have a huge game against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, Nov. 15, that could set the tone for what will happen the rest of the season in the NFC East and who in the division will make it to the NFL Playoffs.
The Jets are on a bye week this weekend but can hopefully regroup and figure out what will be in store for the rest of the season. At this rate, they will be potentially getting the very first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft given the way things have gone so far.