The Washington Football Team has a bottom-three offense and a 2-5 record, but in the NFC East, winning is not a requisite for being in the thick of a division race. A victory on Sunday over the basement-dwelling New York Giants (1-7) would move Washington to within a half-game of first place, currently possessed by the idle Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington was on bye in Week 8. In their most recent game, they did what a few teams have done recently: Dominate the Dallas Cowboys. The Football Team dispatched America’s Team by a score of 25-3 as its defense limited Dallas to just 142 total yards. Rookie running back Antonio Gibson was given his biggest workload of the season, turning 20 carries into 128 yards and a score. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin and tight end Logan Thomas did most of the heavy lifting whenever Washington threw the ball. They accounted for 11 of quarterback Kyle Allen’s 15 completions, gaining 150 combined yards and each scoring once.
The Giants fell on Monday night to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-23. New York acquitted themselves fairly well against arguably the NFL’s best defense, but quarterback Daniel Jones continued to make costly errors, including two interceptions. He threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne Gallman, filling in for the injured Devonta Freeman, ran for 44 yards and a short touchdown on 12 carries. The trio of Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram were targeted on 29 of Jones’ 41 passes. Shepard was the statistical leader as he caught eight of 10 targets for 74 yards. Engram and Slayton each caught five balls.
A 20-19 final in this long-running rivalry back in Week 6 stands as the Giants’ lone win in 2020.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Giants: #27 Overall — #28 offense, #18 defense, #6 special teams
Washington: #21 Overall — #31 offense, #4 defense, #25 special teams
Giants: +3, +145
Washington: -3, -165
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Darius Slayton, WR, $5,000
Slayton was the only Giants receiver who did anything noteworthy against Washington in the first meeting. He accounted for 41 of the team’s 112 receiving yards and the team’s only offensive score. He’s got a boom-or-bust quality to him, but the salary does make him one of the more favorable Giants assets in this matchup, even against a stingy Washington secondary.
Wayne Gallman Jr., $4,500
Daniel Jones and company can’t catch a break in 2020, whether it be with the health of their star running back, or tough penalties in prime time that may have contributed to a tough loss. Gallman has looked like the best back on the field, had at least 13 touches in each of the last two games and has scored a touchdown in two consecutive weeks. Considering the projected volume, Gallman is a decent option for Week 9 at his current salary.
Terry McLaurin, WR, $6,500
McLaurin put up a 7-74 line on 12 targets against cornerback James Bradberry and the Giants in Week 6. The targets will always be there for him, but McLaurin’s matchup with Bradberry and a price hike — he’s $700 more expensive than in Week 7, $400 more than in any other week this season — make him a fade candidate.
Antonio Gibson, RB, $5,800
The Giants haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 1, but Gibson will have his shot as long as Washington keeps feeding him like it did in Week 7. Gibson has scored four times in his last six games.