A preview of Sunday’s Week 7 Giants-Commanders NFL game at MetLife Stadium:
Commanders WR Terry McLaurin vs. Giants CB Deonte Banks
When they clash, it feels like a battle.
In his seven career games against the Giants, McLaurin has 50 receptions for 650 yards and three touchdowns.
He has at least 70 receiving yards in all seven games.
Banks helped the defense do a credible job last week on Stefon Diggs, even though Diggs had 10 catches for 100 yards. Diggs was targeted so often – 16 times – that it was impossible to contain him entirely.
The Giants kept him out of the end zone.
Banks rarely comes off the field and is quietly putting together a solid rookie season.
Banks’ task becomes more difficult if CB Adoree’ Jackson (inning) is limited or doesn’t play.
It is with cautious optimism and lukewarm confidence that we declare here that the Giants will score a touchdown in this game – on offense!
So, don’t adjust your fantasy football teams just yet.
A defense that gets its hands on the ball more frequently should be able to create a turnover or two, and Saquon Barkley will show how badly his team has missed it.
Giants 19, Commanders 13
Room for Hyatt: The idea is to involve Jalin Hyatt more, which means increasing his workload.
He took a season-high 56 snaps last week and caught three passes for 21 yards.
Since catching passes of 58 and 31 yards on a second-half comeback at Arizona, Hyatt has noticed opposing defenses rolling the coverage to his side, recognizing the element of speed he adds to the passing game.
“I love it,” Hyatt said. “It just shows they respect me as far as the deep ball goes. My overall goal is to be a complete receiver, I don’t want to be known as “He’s just a deep receiver.” I want to be able to make every catch, every play and that’s what I’m working towards.
Sam, I am: The Commanders certainly aren’t coddling Sam Howell in his second year in the NFL and first as starting quarterback.
No “let’s run it and run the game” with him. Howell is fifth in the league in pass attempts with 214.
He threw three touchdown passes in a 24-16 win last week at Atlanta and in three career road starts, he has six touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Not bad for a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft.
“They drop back and pass a lot and he throws,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said. “He’s not afraid to drop it, stands in the pocket, has a good arm. He’s not afraid to shoot. So he’s a tough competitor. I liked him coming out, and he did a good job there.
Wacky: A team has to earn the right to consider itself a playoff contender and, clearly, the Giants haven’t won anything this season.
They were 5-1 in six games last season and 1-5 this season.
How buried are they? Since the merger in 1970, only three teams have started a season 1-5 and returned to make the playoffs: the Bengals in 1970, the Chiefs in 2015 and the Colts in 2018. The 1970 Bengals are the only team in the NFL to advance to playoffs after 1-6 start.
Press: It took Saquon Barkley a while to get going last week, which was normal.
He gained 61 of his 93 yards in the fourth quarter, and maybe that production can continue.
The Commanders have four highly touted former first-round picks — Chase Young, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat — filling out their defensive line, but their run defense is nothing special, just 23rd in the league and allowing 129 rushing yards per game. .
Barkley’s two most prolific career rushing games (170 and 189 yards) came against Washington.
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