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10 things to watch in Giants vs. Washington



The Giants have won their last four games against Washington, including a 20-19 victory in Week 6, and 11 of their past 15 meetings. The Giants lead the all-time series 103-68-4 (1-1 postseason).


After leading by two points heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants were unable to hang on in a 25-23 loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. They dropped to 1-7 at the midway point of the season.

Washington, meanwhile, was idle in Week 8 after defeating Dallas, 25-3, the previous week. Washington is 2-5 on the year, with both of its victories coming against NFC East opponents (Dallas and Philadelphia).


New York Giants

  • Out: RB Devonta Freeman (ankle), DB Ryan Lewis (hamstring/placed on IR)

Washington Football Team

  • Doubtful: OT Geron Christian Sr. (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (hamstring)


  • 11/6 DB Ryan Lewis - Placed on Injured Reserve
  • 11/4 WR Dante Pettis - Claimed off Waivers from SF (Roster Exemption/Commissioner Permission)
  • 11/3 DB Adrian Colbert - Placed on Injured Reserve
  • 11/3 G Kenny Wiggins - Free Agent Signing
  • 11/3 DB Montre Hartage, RB Alfred Morris, G Chad Slade - Revert to NYG Practice Squad


The Giants' last three games – one win and two losses – have been decided by a total of four points. The Giants' last four games have been decided by a total of seven points. The Giants' last three losses (Dallas, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay) have been decided by a total by six points.

View photos from the all-time series between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.


Despite missing Freeman last week, the Giants have now rushed for more than 100 yards in three consecutive games after reaching that benchmark just once in the first five games. The Giants rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries (4.2-yard average) against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay entered the game allowing an NFL-best 3.0 yards-per-rush. In that game, Wayne Gallman led the way with 12 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Morris, a former two-time Pro Bowler with Washington, also added 28 yards on eight attempts.


Rookie fifth-round selection Shane Lemieux made his NFL starting debut last week in place of left guard Will Hernandez, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Lemieux was the third rookie offensive lineman to start for the Giants this season (Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart). The last time they had three rookie offensive linemen start at least one game in the same season was 2003 (David Diehl, Wayne Lucier, and Jeff Roehl). Hernandez missed the first game of his three-year career. He had started each of his first 39 games and participated in all 2,523 offensive snaps at left guard, including the first 429 this season.


The Giants will get another look at Washington's stockpile of first-round picks on the defensive front, including rookie Chase Young. The second overall pick has 2.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, and one forced fumble in six games.

"Yeah, he's a great player," said Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas, the fourth overall pick. "That whole front is very talented. They have some really good pass rushers. Chase, in particular, is very athletic. Very good lateral quickness, he can move side to side pretty well. It's going to be a good matchup for all of us."


The 2020 NFL season continues to be the highest scoring in league history, as the marks for total points (5,996) and touchdowns (692) are the most ever through eight weeks. The 50.4 points per game (both teams combined) is the highest total through Week 8 since 1970 while five teams are averaging at least 30 points per game, also the most at this point of a season since 1970.


After the Giants' primetime game vs. Tampa Bay, defensive back Logan Ryan was on his way out of MetLife Stadium at 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he received a phone call from his wife, Ashley. She had flown to Florida, where they have a home, so she could vote in the presidential election.

"She was telling me about some pain she had in her stomach," said Ryan, who has a daughter, Avery, and a son, Otto, with Ashley. "She wanted to sleep it off. She was in extreme pain, but she said she'll wait until the morning. I talked to one of our trainers about the symptoms. He said, 'No, she needs to go to the ER.' My wife ended up going to the ER, and they ended up catching (an) ectopic pregnancy, where the egg was in the wrong place in her fallopian tube and it was about to burst. She ended up going into emergency surgery. … They ended up saving her and ended up preventing a lot of what could have been done. That was a trainer on our team, Justin Maher, telling my wife to go to the ER at 1 a.m. and could have saved her life or saved a lot of internal bleeding there. That's the type of organization we have here. My kids are okay, my wife is recovering well, she's okay."


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