After dropping back-to-back games against the Lions and Cowboys, the NY Giants need to get it together this week in order to remain firmly in playoff contention. While the Giants usually hand it to Washington every season, this does not mean we can write them off.
Not only is Washington right behind the Giants, but they’ve won four out of their last five games and are looking to make their own playoff run.
Despite this, we all know this Giants team is more than talented enough to compete with some of the best in the league. While they haven’t done so recently, we’re sure the Giants can create some sort of spark to take down the Commanders and improve to 8-4 on the season. Here’s four reasons they will:
4. Taylor Heinicke can only lead the Commanders so far
As much respect as we have for Taylor Heinicke, we all know his limitations as a quarterback – this is something the Giants need to take advantage of. Through six starts, Heinicke has thrown seven touchdowns and five interceptions while averaging 194.8 passing yards per game.
While the Giants secondary is still rather beat up, they could be gaining Fabian Moreau back, who has played a crucial role on the team’s defense. Outside of Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney, two very important players, the Giants should have their secondary back.
The Giants defense must take advantage of Heinicke’s occasional poor decision making, which means dropping more players into coverage, and not blitzing so often like they did against the Cowboys.
As solid as Wink Martindale has been for the Giants, his over-usage of blitzing has hurt the defense a lot in recent weeks. Especially with the lack of Jackson and Moreau. This blitzing can be used to make opposing QBs panic, but if used too much like with Martindale, offenses eventually get used to it and take advantage of the missing defenders.
Regardless, with Moreau back, the Giants secondary is already much improved, and should perform much better than they did against the Cowboys. They’re going to have to if the Giants want a chance to win.