Washington Football Team vs. Giants Week 9 preview, matchups to watch, score prediction
Washington Football Team offense vs. Giants defense
In Washington’s last meeting against the Giants, their offense totaled 19 points. It was Kyle Allen’s second start for the team and though he did have a nice end-of-game drive to give Washington a chance to win, he’s going to have to better than he was last time out.
Quite simply, Allen’s mistakes crushed Washington. He had an ugly-looking interception where he stared down Giants CB James Bradberry and threw the ball right to him. That set up a Giants touchdown.
Later in the game with the score tied, Allen was under pressure when he committed a terrible fumble. Tae Crowder of the Giants scooped it up and ran untouched into the end-zone to give the Giants a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
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Again, Allen had some nice plays in the game and his 22-yard strike to Cam Sims at the end of the game was a thing of beauty. That said, he’s going to have to avoid the crushing mistakes that he did the last time these two sides met. He can still look to make plays downfield, but he’s going to have to be more careful, especially when looking Bradberry’s way.
Bradberry has been excellent this season and he will shadow Terry McLaurin once again. McLaurin was able to log seven catches for 74 yards against Bradberry last time, some solid numbers, and he’ll have to continue to produce well in that tough matchup. This should be the best one to watch on offense and it could be one to watch for the next few years, frankly.
Elsewhere, Washington will have to run the ball a bit better than they did last time against the Giants. Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, and Peyton Barber combined to run the ball 21 times for 77 yards. McKissic was the best of the bunch, averaging 5.1 yards per carry on eight totes, but Gibson will need to be better this time around. After how explosive he was against the Cowboys pre-bye, Washington needs to get him the ball in space so he can make some plays. He will be key to doing well in this contest.
Washington and New York are mostly even on this side of the ball. They match up well with one another, so it will be on Scott Turner to have a good gameplan in place to pick apart a solid Giants defense. And it would certainly help if the team’s offensive line can play well after an extra week of rest.