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Take Washington the home team and expect the crowd to give their backup QB enough juice to cover the spread.
In Week 1, it seemed like the New York Giants defense was struggling to stop the Denver Broncos, so expect second-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to game plan something better in Week 2 while QB Daniel Jones does his best to take advantage of the connection he has developed with receiver Sterling Shephard.
Due to a hip injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Washington Football Team will start Taylor Heinicke under center, a backup who could actually be an upgrade since he did reportedly outplay Fitzpatrick in the offseason, and Heinicke will have to use star receiver Terry McLaurin to full advantage in order to get the Week 2 victory over these Giants.
These two NFC East rivals have met each other 178 prior times (including 2 postseason games), with the Washington Football Team winning 69 of those games and the New York Giants winning 105 of the games along with 4 ties.
In Week 1, Jones was 22-of-37 for 267 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions for a rating of 90.7, not bad given he was sacked twice and was the team’s leading rusher with six carries for 27 yards and another touchdown.
The Giants top receiver in Week 1 was Sterling Shepard who posted seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown, with Kenny Golladay catching four balls for 64 yards and Darius Slayton with 3 catches for 65 yards.
These three have to get open quickly since Washington boasts a defensive line that features ends Chase Young and Montez Sweat, two playmakers who combined for 16.5 sacks last season, a threat that could affect how much time Jones has to get rid of the football.
Despite only playing a short time in Week 1, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked and eventually had to leave the game due to injury, so it will be up to Washington’s front line to step up and play bigger in Week 2 as his backup Taylor Heinicke gets the start under center.
It will mainly be up to left tackle Charles Leno Jr. and center Chase Roullier and their offensive line crew to give Heinicke enough time in the pocket to look for all receiver options including Terry McLaurin who can get open deep.
But Adam Humphries and slot receiver Cam Sims and tight end Logan Thomas will all have to give Heinicke lots of options because changes are the Giants D-line will be doing its best to get after him in the backfield.
Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley could be a huge factor for the Giants on Thursday night through the health of his newly rehabbed knee will definitely play a factor in how many snaps he will get in the game.
Against the Broncos in Week 1, Barkley ran the ball ten times for 26 yards and caught a pass for a yard off three targets, his participation is limited as head coach Joe Judge wants to gradually ease him back into full use so as not to reinjure the knee.
When he is healthy, Barkley can break open any game with his quickness, bursts of power, an uncanny ability to elude tacklers, a dual-threat out of the backfield that could test the Giants’ ability to stop both the run and the pass.
Washington Football Team journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is now out due to his hip joint popping out of its joint during the team’s Week 1 loss to the LA Chargers, so now the starting role goes to backup Taylor Heinicke.
Heinicke could end up being an upgrade since he did reportedly outplay Fitzpatrick in the offseason plus in Week 1 he came in and completed 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the team’s loss.
Washington is the third NFL team Heinicke has played for (also the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers) and he has an 0-1 record as a starter, but now he will have the entire week to game plan against the Giants, hopefully, enough time for offensive coordinator Scott Turner to put Heinicke’s Football Team in a position to win.
|Giants vs Washington Football Team Information|
|What||New York Giants vs Washington Football Team|
|Where||FedExField in Landover, MD|
|When||Thursday, September 16, 2021; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NFL Network|
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