Here are five players to watch when the Giants host the Washington Football Team in the season finale:
RB Saquon Barkley
Barkley's best games tend to come against Washington, especially late in the season. In Week 16 of 2019, he broke Tiki Barber's single-game franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage, including a career-high 189 yards on the ground. Barkley's second-best game? He ran for 170 yards in Week 14 of 2018 … against Washington.
Last week, Barkley posted his first 100-yard rushing game since his comeback from a serious knee injury in 2020. The Giants ran the ball 40 times compared to just 11 pass attempts. It was the 12th game of his career with at least 100 rushing yards, tying Ahmad Bradshaw for the fifth-most 100-yard rushing games in franchise history.
"Obviously, we've got to take care of business this week," Barkley said. "That's what's the most important thing is right now, finishing off on a high note. Only one more opportunity with this group of men in this building, so finish off on a high note. But I do believe the offseason definitely is going to be helpful for me, just coming off an ACL, having to rehab and getting ready for the season. Now I can get back to the training and how I want to train and get my body in shape to get my body ready for a 17-game season and then some. Not saying I'm looking forward to it, but I know how helpful it's going to be for my body and for the rest of my career."
QB Jake Fromm
Redemption is not a word Jake Fromm chooses to use regarding his start at quarterback in the Giants' season finale Sunday against the Washington Football Team.
Two weeks ago, Fromm made his NFL starting debut when the Giants visited the Philadelphia Eagles. But he threw for only 25 yards while completing six of 17 passes and was replaced by Mike Glennon in the third quarter of the Giants' 34-10 defeat. The Giants scored only three points when Fromm ran the offense.
Glennon played the entire game three days ago in Chicago but suffered a wrist injury that requires surgery and will not be in uniform vs. Washington. Fromm gets another chance to lead the Giants to victory and to demonstrate that he is a better quarterback than his first start would suggest.
So, he was asked this week if this is a chance to enjoy some personal redemption?
"For me, any opportunity to play in the NFL is a great opportunity," was Fromm's response. "Obviously, I'm looking forward to having a good week of practice and going out and playing to the best of my abilities and how I think I can."
LB Lorenzo Carter
In his last three games, Carter has accumulated 4.0 sacks, five quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. Carter's 4.0 sacks are tied for the fifth-most in the NFL since Week 15.
LB Azeez Ojulari
Ojulari's 8.0 sacks are a Giants rookie record and the third-most by a rookie in 2021. Ojulari needs 2.0 sacks in Week 18 to become the fourth player 21 or younger in NFL history with at least 10.0 sacks.
K Graham Gano
Gano (29) needs one field goal to tie for the second-most seasons with at least 30 field goals (five) in NFL history. Gano has scored 103 of the Giants' 251 points this season (41.0 percent).
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