New York Giants: Washington named team to beat by Jordan Raanan

new york giants, ryan anderson

The New York Giants narrowly missed out on the division title last season. Instead, it was Washington that ended up with a trip to the playoffs, even if it came in controversial fashion due to their season finale against the Eagles.

Both teams will look different this year with the Giants notably taking a step forward, but will it come down to New York versus Washington once again for the NFC East title?

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan seemingly believes that’s the case. In an article analyzing the outlook of the NFC East for the 2021 season, Raanan was skeptical about crowning Dallas the division champion early on and instead gave the title of team to beat to Washington.

Consider me skeptical of the Cowboys. How about they do something before earning even the slightest bit of public trust? The favorite should be Washington, and it shouldn’t be close. It won the division in 2020 with the league’s second-ranked defense and upgraded this offseason at quarterback. Even though I’m not much of a FitzMagic fan, Washington is the team to beat. — Jordan Raanan

The Cowboys are the +105 betting favorite for the division going into the season. The Giants, on the other hand, were only given the third best odds while Washington was above them and Philadelphia came last.

Washington will have some more tools the next time they meet the Giants. That includes Curtis Samuel, a receiver who might be on the verge of a 1,000 yard season, as well as Jamin Davis, a linebacker who the Giants may have drafted in the first round if Washington hadn’t done so first.

They also come into the season with 38 year old Ryan Fitzpatrick as their apparent starter at QB, which presents an interesting matchup for the Giants – despite his age, Fitzpatrick represents a better option for Washington’s offense than the revolving door at the position that was there last season.

Regardless of who the favorite is, it appears the Giants are being slept on by the oddsmakers who only placed them as the third best team in the division. They may very well surprise Vegas this season, after taking big steps forward in the offseason.

New York Giants officially eliminated from the playoffs, clinch 11th pick in 2021 NFL Draft

The New York Giants have been officially eliminated from the playoffs. After an exciting win over the division-rival Dallas Cowboys today, the Giants had to wait until tonight to see if their season would continue. All the Giants needed was a Philadelphia win over the Washington Football team.

Unfortunately, the Giants did not get what they needed out of their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Washington Football Team beat the Eagles on primetime and won the NFC East for the first time since 2015. The Football Team won by a final score of 20-14.

The New York Giants, now eliminated from playoff contention, can focus their attention on the offseason. Had they won, they would have played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Saturday. Instead, Washington will host Tampa Bay and the Giants will look ahead to free agency and the draft.

The Giants clinched the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft today. Their win over Dallas improved their record to 6-10. This is an improvement over last year’s 4-12 record. However, this win did push the Giants down the draft order and they are now selecting behind the Dallas Cowboys.

Regardless, it was a sloppy, interesting, but hopeful season for the New York Giants and rookie head coach Joe Judge. In their first year without Eli Manning, the Giants played meaningful football through December. If not for some heart-breaking losses down the stretch, the Giants could have won their division. Unfortunately, the Giants did not put together enough wins to control their own destiny.

Looking ahead to 2021, fans can anticipate a bloodbath between the Giants and the Eagles. After Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson’s decision to pull quarterback Jalen Hurts from their Week 17 game in the fourth quarter, suspicion arose amongst the football world. It seemed to many that the Eagles tanked this game and disregarded all competitive integrity in order to gain a higher draft pick. Needless to say, Giants fans and players alike are not happy about this decision by Pederson and the game’s outcome because of this decision. New York will not forget this night and will eagerly anticipate the opportunity to seek revenge in the 2021 NFL season.

New York Giants in tight race to win the division with Washington Football Team

New York Giants, Ryan Lewis

The New York Giants, for a short while, sat alone in first place in the NFC East. After a clutch, statement victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, New York improved its record to 5-7, moving into first place in their division. It looked like New York would hold onto that position, as the 4-7 Washington Football Team was scheduled to play the 11-0 Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. However, Washington earned a statement victory of its own on Monday, improving to 5-7 and tying the Giants for first place in the division.

The Giants, of course, have the head-to-head tie-breaker over Washington. The division rivals already played their two scheduled contests in 2020, with the Giants coming out with the victory in both of those matchups. Still, Washington and New York have the exact same record after thirteen weeks this season. With the other two NFC East teams imploding, it looks to be a tight race to win the NFC East between the Giants and The Football Team.

The race to win the NFC East

With four weeks left in the season, the Giants have a tight race to win the NFC East. New York is on an impressive four-game winning streak and looks like a completely different team than they were when they were started the season 0-5. But the Washington Football Team has also improved drastically over recent weeks and could try to steal the Giants’ playoff spot.

Washington is now on a three-game winning streak after handing the Steelers their first loss of the season. But with four games left to play, Washington just might have a more favorable schedule than New York.

The Giants’ Remaining Schedule

The Giants will host the 6-6 Arizona Cardinals this week in another intriguing matchup. This is certainly a winnable game for the Giants but they need to be careful when facing Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and the Cardinals’ electric offense. This should be a good, close matchup.

Then, in Week 15, the 9-3 Browns will travel to New Jersey and give the Giants one of their toughest tests of the season. Cleveland is on a serious roll in recent weeks and poses a serious threat for the Giants on their upcoming schedule.

The Gmen will then travel to play another AFC North team after that, the 6-5 Baltimore Ravens who have looked like anything but the Super Bowl contenders they were expected to be before the season began. But the Giants cannot sleep on a Ravens team that features the reigning league MVP.

Finally, in Week 17, the Giants will have their final divisional game as they host the disappointing Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is 3-8 on the year and is by far the Giants’ weakest opponent on their remaining schedule.

The Football Team’s Schedule

The Washington Football team’s schedule seems to have less formidable opponents. Washington will travel to play the 5-7 San Fransisco 49ers this week. Record-wise, this is an even matchup. But San Fransisco looked ready to throw in the towel early in last night’s loss to Buffalo and might be cooling off for the season.

Washington will then host a tough, but beatable 8-4 Seattle Seahawks team. The Giants are celebrating a thrilling victory over Seattle this week, but they should hope that Seattle can put together a better performance in Week 15.

The Football Team’s Week 16 matchup is another beatable team. The Carolina Panthers have dealt with many key injuries this season, pulling their record down to 4-8. However, stud running back Christian McCaffery might return in time to play Washington, which could give the Football Team’s solid defense some trouble.

The Football Team’s final game of the season makes things very interesting. Washington will finish their season in Philadelphia against the struggling 3-8 Eagles who just benched starting quarterback Carson Wentz. This projects to be a favorable matchup for Washington, but this will likely be one of those ultra-rare moments where Giants fans root for Philadelphia.

The Path to the Playoffs

Simply put, if the Giants keep playing the way they have been playing, and if they keep winning football games, they should win the division. New York’s defense has been dominant in recent weeks. The best way to win the race to the playoffs is to win out. But, realistically, the Giants might drop a game or two before the season’s end. The Giants should hope to see Washington lose in Philadelphia in Week 17 in order to weigh down their divisional record and give the Giants a greater chance of winning the NFC East.

Thanksgiving Day game has major implications for New York Giants’ season

New York Giants, Cam Fleming

The New York Giants are not playing on Thanksgiving this year. However, two of their division rivals are playing. And the game that they are playing is crucial for the Giants and their playoff aspirations.

After a wild Week 11 in the NFL, the Giants found themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC East, despite not playing during their bye week. The Giants, Football Team, and Cowboys are all tied with a 3-7 record. Washington and Dallas both picked up clutch victories last week to narrow the gap between themselves and the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia is a half-game ahead of everyone else with a 3-6-1 record.

With the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team facing off in this Thanksgiving matchup, Giants fans should watch closely as this game could have major implications on New York’s season. The Giants have a tough schedule to close out the year, playing playoff-caliber teams like the Ravens, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Browns before season’s end. The Giants might struggle to string together more wins this year, but some of their divisional rivals’ schedules are not as difficult.

The Cowboys, in particular, have a much easier schedule. The Cowboys will face one legitimate playoff contender, the Baltimore Ravens. The rest of their matchups are quite manageable. Dallas will play the 49ers, starting Nick Mullens, their backup quarterback. Outside of that, they will play the Bengals who just lost Joe Burrow for the season, as well as the struggling Eagles and one final matchup with the Giants. If Dallas continues to play the way they did last week, that season-ending matchup with the Giants could be an additional playoff game.

Root for Washington or Dallas?

For Giants fans, Washington needs to beat Dallas today. The Giants have the tie-breaker over Washington, beating them twice this season. New York has already lost one of its two matchups against the Cowboys and will play their next game against Dallas in Week 17. Dallas has a favorable schedule leading up to that game and could string together some wins to take the lead in the divisional race.

The Washington Football Team, however, plays a much harder schedule to close out the season. They will face the undefeated Steelers and the Super Bowl-contending Seahawks, making their schedule instantly harder than Dallas’s. For Washington to stay alive in the playoff race, they need to win today’s matchup. Additionally, in order to keep Dallas from picking up steam and taking a lead in the division, Washington needs to win today’s matchup. The Giants should hope to see Dallas crumble like the crust of an apple pie during today’s afternoon Turkey Day matchup.

New York Giants: Root AFC North in Week 11, beat AFC North in Week 12

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have fought hard and entered their name bac in the playoff race. With a statement victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10, the Giants are just inches behind their rivals for the top spot in the NFC East. The Giants sit at 3-7, having beaten the Washington Football Team twice and the Philadelphia Eagles once. The Eagles are 3-5-1, playing one less game than the Giants and obtaining one win outside of the NFC East.

New York is trending upward; the Giants are 3-2 in their last five games. Philadelphia is trending downward; the Eagles are 2-3 in their last five games. This is setting up to be a close race to the finish line as both teams fight to win their lowly division.

Go Browns!

The New York Giants are on a bye this week. Philadelphia, however, has already had their bye week, and is stepping into a tough Week 11 contest on Sunday afternoon. Speaking of hot and cold teams, Philadelphia is travelling to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Browns. The Browns have been surprising this year, improving to a 6-3 record (winning 3 of their last 5) after a shaky start to the season. Cleveland is hot, fortunately for the Giants, and unfortunately for the Eagles.

Boo Bengals(?)!

The Giants will rest up this week and prepare to take on their own AFC North opponent in Week 12. Giants fans will be rooting for Cleveland to whoop up on Philadelphia this week, cheering for an AFC North team that they will face later on this season. But, at the same time, the Giants will be preparing to take on an AFC North, the Cincinnati Bengals, next week.

This week, though, Giants fans have reason to root for Cincinnati. The Bengals are playing the Washington Football Team who sit at 2-7. With a win over the Bengals, Washington would improve their record to tie the Giants at 3-7. So fans might want to root for the Bengals this week. But their love and admiration for Cincinnnati is sure to run out quickly as the Giants will face the same team next week that they are rooting for this week.

In Week 12, the Giants will have a big opportunity ahead of themselves. From here on out, New York needs to win their winnable games and also needs to pull out an upset against in one of their games that is not considered as winnable. The Giants have a tough schedule ahead of them. The two weakest teams they will face are the Bengals (2-6-1, currently) next week and the Cowboys to close out the season. Both of those are must-win games as the Giants race the Eagles (and potentially the Washington Football Team) for first place in their division. The AFC North could actually decide the fate of the NFC East in 2020.

Giants vs. Washington: 3 reasons why Giants fans should be excited!

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

The New York Giants will take on the Washington Football Team on Sunday afternoon. This will be the second and last time that both teams play each other this year. The G-Men came out of the first game with the close win over Washington, 20-19.

Giants fans, this is the game where the Big Blue gets back on track. After Washington, the Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals. If the Giants can flip those games into wins, they could find themselves in the playoffs.

First Reason: Giants’ Defense 

Over the last couple of weeks, this Giants’ defense is really coming into their own. Last week on Monday Night Football, they made Tom Brady and the entire Tampa Bay Buccaneers team play to the max. The Buccaneers ended winning a very close game, 25-23, with an arguably call at the end.

The reasoning why the game was so close wasn’t the offense and Daniel Jones, it was the defense. The defensive line was disrupting Tom Brady, the secondary with Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, and James Bradberry are starting to look better and better each week, and Blake Martinez forced a big turnover early in the game that Giants offense was able to capitalize on.

Let’s not forget, Patrick Graham, Giants’ defensive coordinator, has been absolutely fantastic week in and week out. With the lack of cornerbacks, he was able to put Ryan Lewis at CB2 and made him look ‘playable’ to say the least. Safe to say, all Giants fans are very happy with Patrick Graham and this defense.

Second Reason: Offensive Line

If this offensive line has a big day today, Daniel Jones has a big day today! Last week on Monday Night Football, the New York Giants were forced to start rookie offensive guard Shane Lemieux for Will Hernandez, who was put on the COVID list last week. Lemieux did not play like a rookie guard, he played like a Pro Bowler against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lemieux just play good, he made his other teammates look good too, Andrew Thomas and Nick Gates both played their best games of the season on Monday. Lemieux is exactly what the Giants need on the offensive line going forward.

On the other side of the offensive line, you saw Matt Peart come in for Cameron Fleming a bunch last week. When Peart has been in, he has been very good. The Giants hope to have found their new franchise offensive tackles in Thomas and Peart.

Third Reason: Joe Judge 

The New York Giants have missed on a few head coaches over the last few years, Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur. The Giants have found their new long-term head coach in Joe Judge, the team just plays differently when he is leading them.

During training camp, he took off jersey numbers and made his players run laps if they messed up. The Giants players had to ‘buy’ into Judge. The Giants did! You can see the difference when a team plays for their coach and when a team plays for themselves. That is what Judge brings to the table, and you will see the same thing this week against Washington.

 

 

New York Giants offensive line has tall tasks against Washington defensive front

New York Giants, Nick Gates

The New York Giants are coming off of another disappointing loss in Week 8. The Giants lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-25 on Monday night while facing off against one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Surprisingly, the Giants’ offensive line held up and exceeded expectations. In Week 9, the Giants’ front line will have another tall task as the team travels to Washington.

The Washington Football Team’s Defensive Front

The Washington Football Team has one of the most talented defensive fronts in the NFL. Washington spent the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on stud pass-rusher Chase Young who has been impressive during his rookie season. Washington added Young to an already frightening defensive front that features the likes of veteran Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, and Jonathan Allen.

Similarly to the Giants, Washington has invested a lot of assets into their defensive line. Their investments have paid off, as The Football Team has seen tremendous production from each of their defensive linemen.

Montez Sweat leads Washington with five sacks and 28 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Ryan Kerrigan is second on the team with four sacks. Rookie Chase Young has 2.5 sacks and two quarterback hits (via Giants.com).

Washington’s defense has allowed the fewest passing yards (185.9 per game), ranks fourth in total defense (309.1 yards allowed), has totaled the sixth-most sacks (22), ranks 11th in scoring (23.6 points), and is 17th against the run (123.3 yards), according to the Washington Post.

The New York Giants’ offensive line has been a weakness, once again, this season. But in Week 8, they kept Tampa Bay’s dominant defensive front quiet for the most part. The addition of rookie guard Shane Lemieux into the starting lineup seemed to jumpstart the offensive line and elevate their performance. The New York Giants’ offensive line will look to build on their solid performance in Week 8 with another well-blocked game against the Washington Football Team in Week 9.

New York Giants: A Thursday Night win could keep playoff hopes alive

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants‘ season got off to a disastrous 0-5 start. Thankfully, the Giants were able to pick up their first win of the season against the division-rival Washington Football Team on Sunday. Now, at 1-5, the Giants are actually still very much alive in the playoff hunt.

The NFC East is laughably bad. The Giants’ division has a combined record of 5-18-1. The Giants sit one game back from first place in their division. Currently, the Dallas Cowboys own the title with a 2-4 record. If New York can pick up a clutch win on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, they can move into first place in the NFC East.

The Dallas Cowboys will need to lose as well if the Giants are going to move into first place in the east. Dallas is traveling to Washington this week to play another divisional game. Washington’s lone win of the season came against the rival Eagles. With a Dallas loss and a New York win, the Giants would find themselves with the same record as Dallas, 2-5, at the end of the week.

But beating Philadelphia will be no easy task for the Giants on Thursday night. If the Giants want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need to come out of Philadelphia with a win.

The Road To First Place In The NFC East

The Giants will travel to Philadelphia to play their third divisional-matchup in a row on Thursday night. A primetime game against Philadelphia is typically a daunting task for the Giants, but things could be different this time around with the Giants coming off their first win of the season.

Luckily for the Giants, things have also gone from bad to worse in Dallas. The Cowboys are playing without their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, after he suffered a season-ending injury in Week Five. Now, after the team’s embarrassing Week Six loss to the Arizona Cardinals, players have spoken out against their own coaching staff.

This is the perfect moment for Washington to pick up a win and throw its name in the playoff race. Washington is coming off of a disappointing 19-20 loss to the Giants. They fought hard and nearly won the game, but ultimately lost on a failed two-point conversion after an impressive comeback.

With Dallas hitting a low point and Washington showing week-to-week improvement, the Football Team could get its second win of the season in Week Seven. This would put Washington in a tie for first place in the NFC East. If the Giants win this week too, then there will be a three-way tie at the top of the division. In this scenario, it is essentially the start of a new season for every member of the NFC East. The playoff race would begin in Week Seven between every single team in the NFC East.

If the Giants lose this week, it seems like their playoff hopes will be over. Considering how they played the first five weeks of the season, the Giants are not likely to go on a big winning streak to rise to the top of the division. No 0-5 team has ever made the playoffs in the NFL. Winning on Thursday will be the Giants’ first step towards making history.