WashingtAon vs Giants Week 6 matchup will be won in the trenches

Washington vs Giants Week 6 matchup will be won in the trenches

  • 2020 nfl
  • Chase Young
  • Daniel Jones
  • Darius Slayton
  • Jack Del Rio
  • New York Giants
  • NFC East
  • Ron Rivera
  • The Washington Football Team
  • Trevor Lawrence
  • Washington Redskins
By David Opperman October 16, 2020 0 Comment

After a disappointing Week 5 Washington looks to rebound vs their winless NFC East rival New York Giants. This once proud rivalry has turned into not made for TV action as the NFC East is just terrible. So what exactly should we expect from these divisional bottom feeders as they look to find their way?

Weakness vs strength: Washington defensive line vs the Giants offensive line

While the Washington defensive line has been underwhelming they are still a talented group led by Chase Young.

They can certainly garner some momentum going forward against one of the league’s worst offensive lines. They are ranked almost dead last in every category, and most importantly have allowed the 8th most sacks in the league. This matchup is key as Daniel Jones doesn’t perform well under pressure and is prone to turning the ball over.

While the Giants offense ranks near the bottom, last week vs Dallas proved that Jones and company are capable of moving the football. The big play of Slayton and steady work from Devonte Freeman, getting pressure off Jones is key.

Del Rio should not have any issues dialing up a scheme against their line and apply pressure on Daniel Jones. This matchup could easily resemble their week 1 dominance over a bad Philadelphia offensive line.

On the other side of the ball…

Like the Giants, the Washington line has consistently been one of the league’s worst, especially in pass protection.

They’ve allowed the 3rd least time in the pocket for the quarterback, averaging about 2.8 seconds from snap to throw. It was truly evident once Alex Smith came in vs the Rams. He was sacked six times and hurried several more. Granted it was Aaron Donald as he makes most lineman look foolish but Wes Martin just looked awful.

This game will truly depend on Scott Turner scheming a much better game and establishing a running game.

There’s a potential silver lining as Brandon Scherff has been full practice all week and Saahdiq Charles has seen action. Scherff, granted wasn’t playing at his high level, will reunite with Moses on the right side.

While Wes Schweitzer has played well, Scherff is just a much better interior anchor with more athleticism. As for Charles, he’s been taking snaps at left guard with the first team unit. With the play of Wes Martin just plain awful, adding Charles can only help on a severely struggling left side.

Final thoughts

The defensive gameplan needs to be simple. There are areas of this team that are just pure liabilities, specifically the safeties and linebacking group, which make a defense extremely vulnerable to mistakes.

Without a true free safety, the inability for Landon Collins to pass cover and Kevin Pierre-Louis struggling the defensive line must get home. Pressure must be effectively applied which in turn will force Daniel Jones into turnovers.

As far as the offense, Turner must establish the run and utilize the quick passing game. While the presence of Scherff and Charles should help this group is still a wildly inconsistent unit.

It’s pretty clear this season is a loss although the division is technically still in reach. This game is the only true winnable game in the near future and the defensive line must be integral in getting this win.

This is certainly a winnable game, but Vegas doesn’t show the same confidence having Washington 3.5 point underdogs. Let’s also be clear too as a loss this week begins the conversation of Trevor Lawrence and just how realistic the possibility is to draft him.

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