Forecasting the Future: ESPN’s Bill Barnwell on the NFL
With the Giants, Jets and Bills all looking toward 2019 (or at least those respective fan bases), ESPN NFL writer and researcher Bill Barnwell gives us his read on those franchises and what the future holds.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur backed his belief on Monday that Eli Manning still has life left in his starting quarterback career. During the five game stretch that saw New York win four times, Manning threw ten touchdowns with two interceptions and posted a 106.5 quarterback rating. Also, in that five game window, the Giants offensive line was improved in protecting the two-time Super Bowl MVP while also opening up running lanes for likely Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley.
For the Jets and Bills, their rookie quarterbacks are back from injury and providing some reason for promise at the most important position in all of sports. Sam Darnold led the Jets to a comeback win at Buffalo a couple of weeks ago and then nearly pulled off the same this past Saturday night with the AFC South-leading Texans in town. Allen has surprised with his ability to scramble and run for touchdowns (he leads all QB in rushing touchdowns this season) and now we'll see what the Bills do to surround Allen with talent.
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