The Giants (0-5) are set to host the Washington Football Team (1-4) on Sunday at 1:00 pm Est. Here are 5 Giants to watch for during Sunday’s game.
WR: Darius Slayton
Darius Slayton leads the team with 23 receptions for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is the only player on the Giants to receive both of Jones’ touchdowns (2). He has been a bright spot on the Giants offense and has been one of the most reliable targets for Daniel Jones this season. Slayton will more than likely be covered by corner Kendall Fuller. Slayton is coming off his second 100 yard game of the season, look for him to be the bright spot in the Giants offense.
QB: Daniel Jones
Another tough performance last week for Jones and the Giants. The Giants scored more than 30 points for the first time since December 22, 2019 when they beat Washington 41-35. His last performance against Washington was one of his best performances in his career. He threw 5 touchdowns and threw for 352 yards, 0 interceptions. This is the type of game Jones needs as he’s had a rough 5 weeks. As fans are now starting to question Jones and his future, this is a perfect opportunity for him to prove that he can be their guy and show what he can do.
The Offensive Line:
The offensive line gave up 2 sacks last Sunday and allowed Jones to be pressured on 19 of his 35 drop backs. Although the Cowboys have some good defensive linemen, the Football Team is no push over either. For starters, they have the number 2 overall pick in Chase Young on the edge. He has 2.5 sacks on the year and has missed a few games. Washington has five first rounders on the defensive line, as the entire team has 15 sacks on the year. Six different defensive linemen have logged sacks this season. With the Giants offensive line struggling this season, the will have their hands full Sunday. We may end up seeing Thomas vs Young, two first rounders square off. Both the interior and exterior of the line will have to step up their game to protect Jones.
LB: David Mayo
Mayo will make his first debut with the 2020 Giants on Sunday after coming off his meniscus injury. Mayo has been on IR since the start of the season. Last season, Mayo was a great linebacker against the run. Although Washington’s run game is not the greatest, they do have J.D. McKissic who is productive in the receiving game. Mayo has also been a solid tackler which will compliment the Giants defense well. Having two veterans at the line backer spot should help provide more veteran leadership out there and better cohesion.
CB: James Bradberry
Bradberry is by far the Giants best defensive player and he showed it again against the Cowboys last week by shutting down WR Amari Cooper. He held Cooper to just one catch for eight yards. Bradberry will be up against a very talented receiver in Terry McLaurin. McLaurin has 29 catches for 413 yards and 1 TD. The next two leading receivers behind McLaurin are RBs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic. The rest of the receiving core, (Inman, Wright, both Sims, and Gandy-Golden) has 273 yards and 2 TDs. If Bradberry can shut down McLaurin, it should make it much more difficult for the Football Team’s offense to be as productive.
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