Washington Football Team: Five bold predictions vs. Giants in Week 9
1. Washington posts a +4 turnover margin
The best way to win any football game is to win the turnover battle. The last time Washington played the Giants, they weren’t able to do that. Kyle Allen had two crushing turnovers that set up 14 Giants points while New York turned the ball over just once.
In the rematch of this battle, Washington is going to have to be more focused on making the Giants turn the ball over. The reasoning is simple. When Daniel Jones is under pressure, he is a turnover machine.
Jones throws a lot of interceptions and makes plenty of questionable passes when dealing with pass rushers. We saw that happen just last week against the Buccaneers when he tossed a ball up for grabs after being pressured early in the second half of a game where the Giants were playing well. He also tends to fumble the ball a lot and could have trouble sensing pressure against Washington.
Last game, Washington was unable to generate much pressure on Jones. He mostly dinked and dunked and was only sacked once. In this game, he’ll need to aim downfield more as Washington will force him to move the ball that way if the Giants want to win. Because of this, Washington will have a chance to generate a lot of turnovers, whether they come via interceptions or strip sacks of Jones.
If Washington can do that on defense and Allen can avoid critical turnovers, Washington will have a chance to win the turnover battle handily. While we’re getting bold, we’ll predict a plus-four margin in this area and one that would really allow Washington a chance to run away with this game.