Giants favored to get first win however Redskins have star energy edge
Properly, do they?
Do the Giants have anybody on their roster who retains opposing coaches up at night time?
Saquon Barkley, undoubtedly, when he was wholesome, which he’s not. In any other case, on offense there’s … um … wait a second … ah … we’ll get again to you.
The protection has a bunch of authentic NFL starters, however nobody who has ever been chosen to a Professional Bowl — although cornerback James Bradberry is currently playing at that level.
Because the winless Giants transfer into Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the 1-4 Washington Soccer Workforce, what’s about to go down at MetLife Stadium can finest be projected as WTF vs. WFT. Two groups, one victory.
“When it comes to conserving you up at night time, I feel you’re simply speaking about influence gamers, and [Washington] has plenty of influence gamers throughout the board,’’ head coach Joe Judge mentioned.
File a few of this within the “pump up your opponent’’ column. However he has some extent. Defensive finish Chase Younger, the No. 2 decide on this 12 months’s draft: He retains opposing offensive coaches up at night time, and he’s solely a rookie. The opposite defensive finish, Montez Sweat, has 10 sacks in 21 NFL video games — he may make you toss and switch. Warhorse Ryan Kerrigan has 10.5 sacks in his previous 11 video games in opposition to the Giants, so he has disrupted sleep patterns for years.
The Giants? Nobody can accuse them of attempting to assemble an all-star workforce.
“I’m very assured with everybody on our roster,’’ Decide mentioned. “I feel now we have a very good degree of expertise.
“So far as us, look, we’re not seeking to make this a workforce filled with stars. We’re not seeking to make this an people workforce. This can be a workforce. We stroll in that locker room, everyone seems to be on the identical web page, take the sector with the identical angle. When it comes to what somebody thinks about our guys individually on the opposite facet, I’m extra targeted on making them perceive that as a workforce what we’re about.’’
Valuing workforce over self is a tremendous idea, however sooner or later just a few particular gamers should be sprinkled onto the sector or else this isn’t going to work. The draft report late within the Jerry Reese regime was unhealthy, and the draft report within the first three years of Dave Gettleman’s tenure is spotty, at finest. Buying difference-makers in free company not often works.
That is how the Giants acquired right here. They’re favored, for the primary time all season. Their quarterback scenario, with Daniel Jones struggling in his second season, is way extra steady (for now) than the turbulence in Washington — the place Jones’ 2019 draft classmate, Dwayne Haskins, is benched (for Kyle Allen, for goodness sakes), relegated to No. 3 on the depth chart and sure headed for a commerce.
The mixed report of the 5 groups to beat the Giants is 16-8. Right here is the smooth contact on the schedule — a declare Washington also needs to make when contemplating the Giants. It’s no coincidence savvy veterans Logan Ryan and Blake Martinez, instantly following final week’s crushing 37-34 loss to the Cowboys, said the time for shedding is over. They knew who their workforce had subsequent and it was not video games down the street at Seattle or Baltimore.
“I feel now we have that confidence each week,’’ Jones mentioned. “We haven’t gotten the outcomes that we’d have hoped for up to now, however I feel each week we go in anticipating to win. We go in anticipating to execute at a excessive degree and play our recreation. We’re assured. Washington is an efficient workforce, they’re a very good protection and so they do plenty of good issues.’’
Washington just isn’t a very good workforce. Neither are the Giants. One thing’s acquired to provide, and doubtless will.