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Preview, predictions, what to watch for

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Preview, predictions, what to look at for

Paul’s decide

Even at their lowest factors, the Giants have been in a position to beat Washington. Daniel Jones is 2-0 with six landing passes and — get this — no fumbles in his two begins on this collection. If the Giants can not maintain down the Kyle Allen assault, one thing is mistaken. Can’t lose ’em all, proper?

Giants 24, Washington 13

Marquee matchup

Washington DE Chase Younger vs. Giants LT Andrew Thomas

This might be the primary of a decades-long duel between these two. Younger went No. 2 total within the 2020 draft and is a prototypical menacing edge rusher. He has 2.5 sacks and missed the final sport with a groin damage. Simply the Giants’ luck that Younger is again. He has 10 tackles, two quarterback hits, three tackles for loss and one pressured fumble.

Thomas just isn’t coming off a powerful displaying and is getting beat on inside strikes, which severely restricted the place Daniel Jones can step up within the pocket.

Chase Young and Andrew Thomas
Chase Younger and Andrew ThomasGetty Pictures; N.Y. Submit: Charles Wenzelberg

“I’m positive Andrew’s gonna be fired up for it,’’ offensive line coach Marc Colombo mentioned. “I’m positive they’ll each be fired up for it. I don’t suppose I’m gonna must push him further this week. However he’ll be prepared for the problem.’’

4 downs

Man down: That is the primary time in three years the Giants should go an prolonged interval with out Lorenzo Carter (ruptured left Achilles tendon). Carter as a rangy outdoors linebacker is definitely not a feared participant, however he was the most effective the Giants placed on the sphere. This implies extra Markus Golden, final yr’s sack chief with 10. Kyler Fackrell, a sensible free-agent signing from the Packers, performed 65 of the 66 snaps on protection final week, and he should prepared himself for every-down motion in Carter’s absence.

“I feel that would be the plan shifting ahead, not less than that’s what I’m getting ready for,’’ mentioned Fackrell, who had a 46-yard interception return for a landing towards the Cowboys. “I don’t thoughts it. I would like to be on the sphere.’’

Seventh heaven: Similar to that, rookie Tae Crowder obtained 74 p.c of the defensive snaps final week at inside linebacker. Contemplate this the continuing quest to search out somebody at this spot. Crowder, out of Georgia, was the 255th participant taken within the draft, making him “Mr. Irrelevant,’’ although for now he’s related for the Giants.

“His largest factor is he must get somewhat extra play power, proceed to achieve weight,’’ inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer mentioned of the 235-pound Crowder. David Mayo was activated off injured reserve and provides some muscle.

Nothing to gaffe about: Right here is the factor with the Giants: They can’t afford to provide away factors or fail to safe factors due to brutal errors. They aren’t gifted sufficient to get well. They coughed away seven factors final week when a Daniel Jones fumble was returned for a landing. It was a blind-side hit on Jones, however he has to do higher.

“That was the right storm,’’ quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski mentioned. “On a few of these performs, after they get you I feel it’s our duty to know if you’re obtained and simply form of say, ‘It’s over,’ and attempt to cowl it up as greatest we are able to and go down.’’

Acquainted face: Some guys by no means appear to get previous. Can it’s Landon Collins is simply 26? The Giants’ second-round decide in 2015 is in his sixth NFL season and, after a lot successful in faculty at Alabama, is entangled in shedding within the NFL. He was 25-39 with the Giants and is 4-17 in his 21 video games since signing a six-year, $84 million take care of Washington. Collins is third on his crew in tackles with 32, together with three for losses, and has one interception after not getting any final yr. This isn’t precisely excessive drama — although Collins final yr in his first sport towards the Giants almost got here to blows along with his alternative, Jabrill Peppers.

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