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Sunday Nov 8, 1:00 PM - Tampa Bay at Giants

Giants (1-7) Washington (2-5)
Washington was on a bye last week. In the game before that, they played the Dallas Cowboys and came away with an impressive 25-3 win.
On Monday, the Giants had a chance to take down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were ahead 14-9 in the third quarter, but couldn't hold on and took a 25-23 loss.

Washington Football Team
Usually when teams forgo the almost guaranteed extra point kick after scoring a touchdown, and instead try a two point conversion, it's to catch up in scoring or to distance themselves by 3 or 7 points. The last time the Giants played Washington, head coach Ron Rivera tried it to go for the win instead of tying the game for overtime. Because it didn't work, it gave the Giants their only win of the season. Had Rivera's decision (gamble) paid off, the team wouldn't currently be a game and a half out of first place.
Washington would be a half game out, and would now have a 3-0 record against all the other teams in the division. After that matchup with the Giants, Washington went on to beat the Cowboys, and then had a bye. There had been speculation during that time that the team might try to trade Dwayne Haskins before the NFL trade deadline this week, but he remains as the team's third string quarterback. Kyle Allen is the starting quarterback, and Alex Smith is next on the roster.

Washington Offense
After being inured in his first start with Washington against the Rams, he started and played the full game against the Giants the following week. Allen turned the ball over twice, but engineered a good drive that ended with a touchdown, and a chance to tie the game as we have mentioned. It might have been too much to ask of Allen at that point to complete a pass into the endzone for the two points they were hoping to get. A week later Allen was steadier, and threw two touchdowns with no turnovers against the Cowboys.
Allen looks to be the answer for Washington right now, and he will be glad to have Steven Sims Jr. back for this game, just activated off the injured reserve list. Sims had been targeted 8 times, and had 6 receptions for 103 yards before his injury, and before Allen was the quarterback. Allen has a total QBR of 69.9, which is 17th in the NFL over his three starts, and Dwayne Haskins had a 31.4 rating, which ranked last. On another note, Washington really got their ground game going last game. Antonio Gibson ran all over the Cowboys and had 128 of their total 208 rushing yards.

Washington Defense
They have allowed the fewest passing yards per game (185.9), and they're 4th in total defense allowing 309.1 yards a game. Their rushing defense was next to last a year ago, and now they are ranked 17th. In their last game, Dallas was held to just 142 total yards, including only 59 net passing yards. They have been bringing it. Washington ranks 6th in the league with 22 sacks. Montez Sweat leads the team with 5 sacks, and has the most quarterback pressures. Ryan Kerrigan is second in sacks with 4, and rookie Chase Young has 2.5 sacks.
Last time they held Daniel Jones to just 112 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception, and they sacked him once. Cornerback Kendall Fuller leads the NFL with four interceptions, which includes the one he picked off Jones in that game. Washington has been allowing an average of 123.3 rushing yards per game. In that earlier game, Jones rushed for 74 yards on 7 carries, and Devonta Freeman had 18 carries for 61 yards. Former Giants safety Landon Collins was in that game, but he tore his Achilles tendon against Dallas and is out for the season.

Giants Offense
The focus will all be on Daniel Jones this week. It can't be on Golden Tate even if he wanted it to be, because he didn't travel with the team to Washington. Tate drew more attention than he should have , with some outbursts during the game Monday night that he wasn't being thrown to enough. Head coach Joe Judge decided that Tate should sit this game out. He certainly doesn't need Jones to be fixated on getting the ball to any one player. Jones needs a clear head to concentrate on his own turnover faults that he doesn't seem to be able to correct. He hurt the team on Monday with two costly second half interceptions that led to 10 points.
Tate's benching is a bit of a break for Washington who concentrated on him the first time out, holding Tate to just one catch. Instead, they'll be on Sterling Shepard, who didn't play in that game. Jones has targeted Shepard 18 times in the last two games, and he has 14 receptions. Jones also relies heavily on Darius Slayton, who has 32 catches for 485 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offensive line keeps improving and that helps the running game, which totaled 101 yards against the top rushing defense in the league. Wayne Gallman had 12 carries for 44 yards, and 1 touchdown. Alfred Morris, in his first game with the Giants, had 8 carries for 28 yards.
Devonta Freeman was out for that game and will miss this one as well.

Giants Defense
They played one of their best games last week against Tampa Bay. They kept them out of the end zone in the first half, forcing them to settle for two field goals. No other team had kept Tampa Bay touchdowns off the score board in the first half this season. On the two drives in the second half where Tom Brady did score touchdowns, he started off on the 33 and 34 yard lines thanks to a good punt return, and an interception.
Those drives also included penalties on the plays right before each of Brady's touchdowns, giving him first downs, one from the Giants 3-yard line, and then the 8-yard line. The Giants need to improve in this area, though some of the calls in that game were questionable. This defense is currently ranked 13th in yards allowed, and 15th in points allowed. They saw Washington run 39 times for 208 yards in the last game they played, where before that, they were averaging just 82.2. The Giants defense will have to figure out what changed in that one game Washington played since their last meeting with them.

The Giants and Washington play in the worst division in the NFL, These two teams have a total of 3 wins that come from beating each other or the other teams in the same division. If Washington wins this game, they will have beaten the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants. If the Giants win, they will have beaten Washington twice. Either way they will have a combined total of 4 wins and 14 losses.
Somehow both teams are still in the race to win the NFC East title. That's because the Eagles and Cowboys total up to a 5-10-1 record. Things won't change much this week. The Eagles are on a bye, and the Cowboys will travel to Pittsburgh to play the 7-0 Steelers, the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Giants have come real close to winning in their last two games. They only have one win, and it was against Washington. Why wouldn't they do that again this week as well?

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Giants (1-7) at Washington (2-5).
Sunday at 4:25pm Steelers (7-0) at Cowboys (2-6).
The Washington Football Team is the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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