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Washington Vs. Giants Preview: The Start Of A Crucial Stretch

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Quarterback Kyle Allen attempts a pass during the Washington Football Team's game against the New York Giants on Oct. 18, 2020. (Josh Lobel/NFL)

After its bye week, the Washington Football Team is back in action Sunday against the New York Giants at FedExField. Here's everything you need to know before the Week 9 divisional game:

GAMEDAY INFORMATION:

Date: Nov. 8

Time 1 p.m. ET

Location: FedExField (Landover, Maryland)

WATCH: FOX

  • Kenny Albert (play-by-play)
  • Jonathan Vilma (analyst)
  • Shannon Spake (reporter)

LISTEN: The Team 980, ESPN 630 and WMAL 105.9

  • Julie Donaldson (host)
  • Bram Weinstein (play-by-play)
  • DeAngelo Hall (analyst)

A stream of the radio broadcast will also be available at WashingtonFootball.com and on select Washington Football Team social media platforms.

ALL-TIME SERIES

  • New York leads the all-time series, 104-69-4.
  • Washington won 11 consecutive games against the Giants from 1971-76.
  • Washington's first win against the Giants came in 1932 when Washington was known as the Boston Braves. The final score was 14-6.
  • Washington and the Giants have met 177 times, making them Washington's most common opponent.
  • The two teams' most-recent meeting was Oct. 18, 2020, when Washington fell to the Giants, 20-19.
  • Washington has lost four straight games to the Giants dating back to 2018. That's the longest losing streak since it lost six straight to the Giants between 2008 and 2011.

COACHING STAFF

Washington:

  • Head coach Ron Rivera (1st season in Washington)
  • Offensive coordinator Scott Turner (1st)
  • Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio (1st)
  • Special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor (2nd)

New York:

  • Head coach Joe Judge (1st season in New York)
  • Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett (1st)
  • Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham (1st)
  • Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey (3rd)

BIGGEST STORYLINES

Kyle Allen seeks revenge -- Quarterback Kyle Allen completed nearly 74% of his passes and threw for two touchdowns against the Giants in Week 6, but his turnovers were the biggest reason Washington left New York with a 20-19 defeat.

His first turnover came on Washington's second drive and set up the Giants at Washington's 27-yard line. The Giants scored on a 23-yard pass to Darius Slayton three plays later.

His second giveaway was even more costly. With the game tied and less than four minutes to play, Allen had a chance to lead the offense on a game-winning scoring drive. Instead, Allen took a sack and coughed up the ball, which the Giants returned the 43 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Allen responded with an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive that put Washington within a two-point conversion of winning, but Washington was only in that position because of his mistake.

Following a two-touchdown, turnover-free performance against the Cowboys, Allen will look to put forth a similar effort against the Giants' 23rd-ranked passing defense. Washington will not have rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 24, but it will have Robert Foster, who was signed Oct. 22, and could have Steven Sims Jr.. After being placed on IR after Week 4, Sims returned to practice Wednesday. The team now has 21 days to either add him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR for the year.

Turnovers + sacks = wins -- Washington heavily pressured opposing quarterbacks and forced multiple turnovers in its two wins. It did neither in its loss to the Giants in Week 6.

Despite entering the game as one of the NFL's most-sacked signal-callers, Daniel Jones was only brought down once on five quarterback hits. Granted, Jones only attempted 19 passes as the Giants relied on their running game, but Washington's defense could have done more to create difficult down-and-distance situations. Meanwhile, the team's lone takeaway was an interception by Kendall Fuller in the end zone.

Jones often makes detrimental mistakes when under duress, so getting pressure and capitalizing on it will be key for Washington as it looks to move to 3-1 in the NFC East.

-- The start of a crucial stretch: Teams that start 2-5 are typically out of the playoff hunt and looking to build momentum for the next season. But in a historically bad NFC East, Washington can make a run at the division title and a home playoff game -- as long as it fares well over the next month.

After starting the season against teams with a combined record of 23-14-1, Washington's next four opponents are currently 8-22-1. Plus, Ron Rivera-coached teams historically perform much better in November and December than they do in September and October. As a head coach, Rivera's teams are 34-38-1 during the first half of seasons and 43-32 in the second half.

If Washington can win at least five of its final nine games, it'll be in solid position to claim the NFC East crown for the first time since 2015.

"I told our guys in our meetings today, 'I don't care if we're 8-8 and getting into the playoffs. You've just got to be invited to the dance, and then we'll see what happens,'" Rivera said Monday. "We'll see. Like I've said before, I've made it to the playoffs at 7-8-1 and people said we didn't deserve to be there and we turn around and win our first playoff game and go on the road and scare the heck out of a good team. It doesn't matter. However you can get in, get in."

INDIVIDUAL STATS LEADERS

Washington:

  • Passing Yards -- QB Dwayne Haskins (939)
  • Passing TDs -- QBs Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen (4)
  • Rushing Yards -- RB Antonio Gibson (371)
  • Rushing TDs -- RB Antonio Gibson (4)
  • Receiving Yards -- WR Terry McLaurin (577)
  • Receiving TDs -- TE Logan Thomas (3)
  • Tackles -- LB Jon Bostic (52)
  • Sacks -- DE Montez Sweat (5.0)
  • Interceptions -- CB Kendall Fuller (4)

New York:

  • Passing Yards -- QB Daniel Jones (1,666)
  • Passing TDs -- QB Daniel Jones (7)
  • Rushing Yards -- QB Daniel Jones (316)
  • Rushing TDs -- RB Wayne Gallman (2)
  • Receiving Yards -- WR Darius Slayton (485)
  • Receiving TDs -- WR Darrius Slayton (3)
  • Tackles -- LB Blake Martinez (82)
  • Sacks -- DT Leonard Williams (4)
  • Interceptions -- CB James Bradberry (3)

TEAM STATS LEADERS

Washington:

  • Total offense -- 30th (292.7 YPG)
  • Scoring offense -- 30th (19.0 PPG)
  • Passing offense -- 29th (192.6 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed -- 30th (26)
  • Rushing offense -- 26th (100.1 YPG)
  • Third-down offense -- 28th (38.1%)
  • Total defense -- 4th (309.1 YPG)
  • Scoring defense -- 11th (23.6 PPG)
  • Passing defense -- 1st (185.9 YPG)
  • Sacks -- 6th (22)
  • Rushing defense -- 17th (123.3 YPG)
  • Third-down defense -- 15th (40.4%)
  • Time of possession -- 19th (29:33)
  • Turnover differential -- T-17th (-1)

New York:

  • Total offense -- 31st (291.8 YPG)
  • Scoring offense -- 31st (18.1 PPG)
  • Passing offense -- 28th (193.2 YPG)
  • Sacks allowed -- T-27th (23)
  • Rushing offense -- 27th (98.5 YPG)
  • Third-down offense -- 19th (41.7%)
  • Total defense -- 13th (354.8 YPG)
  • Scoring defense -- T-14th (24.9 PPG)
  • Passing defense -- 23rd (252.8 YPG)
  • Sacks -- T-13th (18)
  • Rushing defense -- 8th (102.0 YPG)
  • Third-down defense -- 27th (48.6%)
  • Time of possession -- 26th (27:55)
  • Turnover differential -- 28th (-5)

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