Giants-Commanders Week 13 Preview
The New York Giants face off against the Washington Commanders in a pivotal NFC East showdown on Sunday.
This matchup is the first of two between the teams over the next two weeks, as the Giants will head south to take on the Commanders on the road in Week 15.
The Giants (7-4) enter this game having lost two consecutive games. Meanwhile, the Commanders (7-5) come into Week 13 on a three-game winning streak.
Here are notes and stats for players from both teams ahead of the Week 13 matchup.
*QB Daniel Jones passed for 228 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 88.8 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 home starts. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 100.4 rating in 5 career starts vs. Was.
*RB Saquon Barkley had 7th rush TD of season last week. Has 1,215 scrimmage yards, his 3rd-career season with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (2018-19). Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his 6 home games this season. Has 705 scrimmage yards (141 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games vs. Was.
*WR Darius Slayton had 3 catches for team-high 63 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall vs. Was. with TD catch.
*WR Richie James led team with 5 catches & had 5th-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch.
*S Julian Love had 10 tackles & 5th-career INT last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD & 8th in row with 5+ tackles.
*LB Jaylon Smith had season-high 10 tackles last week & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 5 PD in his past 5 vs. Was.
*DL Leonard Williams had 2 TFL last week. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. Was. & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Was. with sack.
*DL Dexter Lawrence has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was.
*LB Micah McFadden had career-high 2 TFL last week.
*CB Rodarius Williams had 2 PD & 1st-career INT last week.
*QB Taylor Heinicke had 2 TDs vs. INT for 88.7 rating last week. Has won 6 of his past 7 starts & is 3-0 as starter on road in 2022.
*RB Antonio Gibson has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 overall & in 15 of his past 16 on road. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 road games. Rushed for 146 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with 50+ scrimmage yards.
*RB Brian Robinson set career highs in scrimmage yards (125), rush yards (105) & rec. yards (20) & had his 1st-career rec. TD last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his 4 career road games. Aims for his 4th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards.
*WR Terry McLaurin has 50+ scrimmage yards in 11 of his 12 games this season. Leads team with 54 catches, his 4th-straight season with 50+ receptions. Had 93 rec. yards in last meeting & has 70+ rec. yards in each of his 5 career game vs. NYG.
*WR Curtis Samuel had TD catch in his only career game vs. NYG (10/7/18 w/ Car.).
*DT Jonathan Allen has 5 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 0.5+ sacks. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 TFL in 2022.
*DT Daron Payne had 2 TFL last week. Ranks tied-4th in NFL with career-high 13 TFL in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. NYG.
*DE Montez Sweat had 7th sack of season & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Allen, Payne & Sweat (11 TFL) are only trio of teammates each with 10+ TFL in 2022.
*CB Kendall Fuller aims for his 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with PD. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 vs. NYG. Has 10+ PD (11 in 2022) in 5 of his past 6 seasons.
*S Darrick Forrest led team with career-high 11 tackles last week.
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Notebook: Azeez Ojulari ready to 'get out there'
In two years at the University of Georgia and his 2021 rookie season with the Giants, Azeez Ojulari didn't miss a game.
His availability was twinned with production. Ojulari led the Bulldogs with 5.5 sacks in 2019, the SEC with 8.5 in 2020 and the Giants with a franchise rookie record 8.0 in 2021.
But his good fortune expired this year. Ojulari injured his hamstring in a pre-training camp workout and opened camp on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury. He practiced for the first time on Aug. 15, but 11 days later strained his calf near the conclusion of a joint workout with the Jets, an injury that cost him the first two games of the season. Ojulari made his 2022 debut vs. Dallas on Sept. 26 but re-injured his calf the following week vs. Chicago. He was close to returning last month but aggravated the injury in practice and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 22, a day before the Giants' victory in Jacksonville.
"It's tough when you go through a whole season with no injuries last year, and you come back this year and it's a rocky road," Ojulari said. "It's tough, but it's all going to work out at the end of the day. Just stay positive and stay strong because your time's going to come. When it comes, take advantage of it.
That time will hopefully be Sunday, two months and two days after he last played. Ojulari returned to practice this week and expects to play when the Giants host the Washington Commanders in a key NFC East matchup.
"I'm ready man, I'm so excited," Ojulari said. "It's been a minute, been watching from the side and now is the time to get out there and do what I do."
Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.