The New York Giants are gearing up for a Week 11 clash against the divisional rivals the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field. Both teams are coming off recent losses, and with the Commanders still in the Wild Card hunt, the Giants are poised to play spoiler this Sunday. Despite the Giants' recent struggles, there are reasons for optimism. Let's delve into four bold predictions for this NFC East matchup:
4. Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux combine for 3+ sacks
In his first year as the starting quarterback in Washington, Sam Howell has shined brightly, leading the NFL in passing yards. However, the same can't be said about his offensive line. The unit up front has been a clear weak link, allowing a staggering 47 sacks against Howell, 14 more than the next closest quarterback.
Lawrence and Thibodeaux have emerged as defensive standouts amidst a challenging season. Thibodeaux, in his second year, has lived up to expectations with 8.5 sacks, leading the team. Though not always reflected in the stat sheet, Lawrence has been a force inside with three sacks and 37 tackles.
Building on their previous success against Washington, where they combined for 3.5 sacks in Week 7, Lawrence and Thibodeaux are poised for another dominant performance. With Washington's struggling offense line, the duo's increased play, and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's knack for inventive blitzes - the Giants' defense is set to wreak havoc in the Commanders' backfield on Sunday.