There is plenty to look forward to in this week’s matchup between the Giants (1-2) and Redskins (0-3). For the Giants they are looking to win consecutive games and get to .500 on the year. The Redskins are coming off a bad Monday night loss to Chicago were they fell 31-15 at home.
Both teams drafted a rookie quarterback in this past draft, but only one has seen the field so far. Daniel Jones, 6th overall pick, started his first NFL game last week for the Giants. He threw for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Giants won the game 32-31 after Tampa missed a GW field goal as time expired.
Jones played well last week and did enough to earn his first career victory. He wasn’t perfect though, as he did commit some turnovers. He knows after looking at film that he must be better. “I think the main thing is ball security. I can’t afford to turn the ball over twice like that in critical points in the game. I think that’s the first thing. There are other things, specific to plays, that I look to correct and learn from, but I’m excited to do that.”
Now Daniel Jones gets his first start at home against a 0-3 team that is really struggling on defense. Washington ranks 26th in total yards allowed. Jones had this to say about the big game Sunday, “Yeah, I’m excited. I’m excited to run out there in front of Giants fans and play my first game here. That’ll be fun. We had some good support down there in Tampa Bay, and I am certainly very appreciative of that, but it’ll be fun to run out here.”
So yes the Giants did win their first game of the season, and they are looking to build off of that. They now sit at 1-2 and are 2 games back of Dallas for the division. They only negative that came last week was the injury to star running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley will miss 4-8 weeks with an ankle injury. This injury is very detrimental to this squad.
Daniel Jones being the new leader of this team will have to step up even more with no Barkley behind him. Jones is still confident in everyone else to step up and do their job. “He’s certainly a huge piece of our offense, a huge piece of what we’ve done, without a doubt. I certainly hate to lose him, but I’m very confident in Wayne (Gallman) stepping up. He’s done a great job through the season and I know he’ll play well. We have full confidence. We have a lot of playmakers all over the field, so I don’t think it really changes anyone’s job, necessarily. I think we are confident in who we have.”
The Giants have some key injuries on both sides of the ball. Linebackers Tae Davis and Alec Ogletree are both out Sunday with injuries. Golden Tate is out as he is serving his last game of his 4 game suspension. He will return week 5. Cody Latimer, wide receiver, is available to play as he passed concussion protocol. Bennie Fowler and Lorenzo Carter are expected to play as well.
There is a huge opportunity for the Giants on Sunday. They must take advantage. Daniel Jones’ first home start against a porous Washington squad. There is hope with this team that wasn’t really there after week 2. With Daniel Jones leading the way, Giants fans can expect this team to come out every week and compete with everyone. “I think just that we are going to compete and fight as hard as we can. Like I’ve said, we did enough to win, but we certainly have a lot of things to correct and I think that’s where our focus is right now as a team. Each week, the goal is to be a better team and to play better. Hopefully that’s what fans see when they see us play as a team— constantly improving and constantly competing.”
The Redskins are looking to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2001 when they visit MetLife Sunday. Dwayne Haskins, 15th overall selection, is still waiting for his “Daniel Jones moment”. Washington is still rolling with Case Keenum as their starter. It might not be long though until Dwayne gets his chance.
Washington has some injuries themselves that can hurt their chances Sunday. Two O-lineman, Chase Roullier and Brandon Scherff are questionable to play. Also rookie wideout Terry Mclaurin is on the injury report, and will be a game time decision.
The Skins are 30th in rushing yards and 23rd in total offense. They have averaged 288 yards through the air, and might look to take advantage of a less than average Giants secondary. Giants rank dead last in passing yards allowed. This will be a huge matchup, but if the Redskins are down some O-lineman then the Giants must get to the quarterback and not let him have all day to pick them apart. We will see if Keenum can deliver or if the Giants defense will step up.
Coach Jay Gruden is definitely on the hot seat with his job. A 0-4 start can send him packing, and have Washington turning to the future with a new coach and Dwayne Haskins taking over the quarterback spot come Monday morning.