New York Giants Week 6 Preview: Washington Football Team

The New York Giants look for their first win and to jump into third place in the NFC East as they take on the Washington Football Team.

It will be back-to-back NFC East games for the Giants, who lost 37-34 last week to the Dallas Cowboys.

After Washington won Week 1 over the Philadelphia Eagles, they have lost four straight. Their worst loss, coming last week at home to the Los Angeles Rams, 30-10.

For the first time this season, New York is a favorite by three, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

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Win in the Trenches

The Giants O-line will have a tall task containing edge rushers Chase Young and Montez Sweat, who have 5.5 combined sacks, and LB Jonathan Bostic, who has two sacks as well.

Washington has mixed in blitz packages, but still applies pressure at a rate of 24 percent. They will probably blitz more often against New York since the Giants are the most-blitzed team in the NFL.

The Giants OTs Cameron Fleming and Andrew Thomas have to limit pressure from the edge; securing that will lead to room in the middle of the field for Daniel Jones and Devonta Freeman to run through.

On the other side of the ball, the Giants’ defense has been dependable and will face an offense that hasn’t had a rusher over 60 yards in a game this season.

Washington is 31st in the league in rushing with 81.4 yards per game; the only team worse is the New York Giants, who averaged 79 yards per game.

Replacing Lorenzo Carter

The Giants will be without Lorenzo Carter after he endured a ruptured Achilles tendon against the Cowboys.

Carter had 11 tackles, four QB hits, and one sack through the first five games.

This means DC Patrick Graham will have to rely even more on Markus Golden and Kyler Fackrell. Golden, who was last year’s sack leader, has two tackles for loss and Fackrell has two sacks in his first year as a Giant.

LB Blake Martinez leads all Giants with 50 tackles, but more production from Golden and Fackrell will be needed to make up for the substantial loss.

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Finish One-Possession Games

Bill Parcells once said: “You are what you are.”

The Giants could have won three games, as they have had the ball needing a score to take a lead, but failed each time.

They are 0-5 because, when it matters most, they have come up flat. In an NFC East game which, is usually decided in the fourth quarter, the Giants need to play a full final 15 minutes.

Jones, first win of his career was a 32-31 game-winning drive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; his only other game-winning drive was the last time these two teams played, which was a 41-35 OT win which saw Jones throw for five touchdowns.

Jones, even without Sterling Shepard for the fourth consecutive week, has to jump on the opportunity, if presented yet again with a winnable game.

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