The New York Giants are 0-5. The Washington Football Team 1-4. The scuffling NFC East teams meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here are a few things to know as we begin gearing up for this Week 6 game.
The Giants are actually favored
That’s a first for the 2020 Giants. Draft Kings Sportsbook lists the Giants as 2.5-point favorites, which is generally less than the 3-point bump home teams usually get from oddsmakers. Still, favored is favored.
Washington’s lone victory this season was in Week 1 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
Haskins vs. Jones has already been decided
The jury is out on whether or not Daniel Jones, taken No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, has what it takes to be the Giants’ long-term answer.
Washington has already made the determination that Dwayne Haskins, taken 15th in that same draft, is not their guy. He has already been benched in favor of Kyle Allen. it doesn’t sound like Football Team coach Ron Rivera, who was not the coach when Washington drafted Haskins, has any interest in going back.
“I saw enough,” Rivera said on NBC Sports’ “Washington Football Talk” podcast. “For 11 weeks he was our starter.”
That’s the timeframe between the start of training camp and when Haskins was replaced after four games by Allen. Smith, who missed nearly two full years with a leg injury, finished last week’s game after Allen suffered an arm injury.
“It’s interesting because we went through training camp and gave him every rep with the [first team] in terms of trying to develop him and get him ready to go,” Rivera said. “Through the four games we didn’t see what we were looking for. I made the decision to go forward with Kyle and Alex.”
There is a report that Washington is expected to trade Haskins before this season’s trade deadline.
Watch your back, Daniel Jones!
And your front. And everything else. Especially the football. With four first-round picks along their front seven, Washington is sixth in the NFL with 15 sacks after four games. Washington has seven takeaways, with the Football Team’s six interceptions being tied for third-most in the NFL.
Jones has thrown five interceptions, fourth-most in the league, and fumbled four times, losing three.
“They’ve got a very good defensive front … a lot of first-round picks, as you know. It’s a big challenge for us,” said Giants’ offensive line coach Marc Colombo.
“This is something that we’re going to have to do. We’re going to go against really good defensive lines. These guys have got to get used to going up against really good defensive lines every week, and Washington’s one of them.”
The Giants are adding OLB Trent Harris to their practice squad.
Engram near milestone
Evan Engram (1,913) needs 87 yards to reach 2,000 receiving yards for his career.
Stay with Big Blue View
We will have all of our usual coverage this week. That includes looks at when the Giants have the ball, when Washington has the ball, a Q&A with Hogs Haven, a look at which Washington player would fit the Giants, a Friday spotlight piece on a player or a matchup, and much more.