After a disappointing defensive outing, the Washington Football Team will take on the New York Giants in their first matchup of 2021. Here are three predictions for the divisional showdown.
The NFC (L)East proved their nickname correct in Week 1, after arguably the worst team in the division is currently atop its counterparts after the first week of play.
Though the vibes are immaculate in Philadelphia, there are more questions than answers in New York and in Landover.
In New York’s case, the Giants lost a brutal week one matchup against a competent, yet average Denver Broncos team. Quarterback Daniel Jones lost another fumble, their defense allowed 26 points against an average offensive unit, and in totality it was a flat performance all around.
Though they had a Week 1 letdown, their division rival and Week 1 matchup landed in the same boat.
The Washington Football Team had a lot go wrong for them in their season opener, from losing their starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to bone-headed decision making from their weakest links defensively, a week one loss wasn’t a surprise as the game went on.
What was a surprise, was the lack of execution defensively. From personnel playing surprisingly out of position, the defensive front playing well below their normal level of play, to inefficient scheme decisions that led to their week one demise, Washington must have short-term memory as they face a tough division opponent on Thursday night.
Daniel Jones and company will enter FedEx Field as not only the favorites but in comfortable territory. Washington has yet to defeat the Duke alum after four tries.
Jones has had a plethora of strong performances against his division rival, as the Giants have a chance to put the Football Team way behind the eight-ball. To add insult to injury, though it’s only week two, this seems like a must-win game for Washington with Buffalo on the horizon.
But all isn’t lost for the team in the Nation’s Capital. Sure, they’re down their QB1 for the foreseeable future, but with Taylor Heinicke proving he can run the first-team offense and read the field, Washington could emerge victorious for the first time in 2021.