While the New York Giants lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week eight, they displayed a level of quality and grit that we hadnâ€™t seen through the first seven weeks of the season.
However, there were some tumultuous performances and others that were stellar, but overall, competing against a team as good as Tampa should directly translate over to a far lesser opponent in the Washington Football Team. Theoretically, the Giants should walk over Washington this week, but it will take solid performances from their best players, which wasnâ€™t the case last week, especially for quarterback Daniel Jones.
Three New York Giants players to watch against Washington in week 9:
1.) Shane LeMieux
The rise of Shane LeMieux has been fun to watch, despite his sample size being just one game. PFF graded him extremely poorly, giving him a 34.1 overall grade and 12.1 in pass blocking. After looking at his tape, his performance wasnâ€™t nearly as bad as indicated, but he will be trying to build off a progressive rookie debut.
LeMieux brings a mean streak to his game, and he loves to get into the mix and hit people in the trenches. Heâ€™s a force in the running game but needs to work a bit on his pass protection technique and mirroring. He was hit with five pressures and four hurries but didn’t allow a sack against Tampa.
Washington represents a far worse defense, but their defensive line is one of the best in the NFL, so they represent another significant challenge for Lemieux.