3. DT Daron Payne
Daron Payne has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this season, but it is important to remember that he was a Pro Bowler just last campaign. Payne recorded 11.5 sacks in 2022, which ranked third amongst defensive tackles in the NFL, trailing only All-Pros Chris Jones and Quinnen Williams.
Payne and the Commanders' pass-rushing unit now have arguably the most inviting matchup they’ve faced all season against a decimated Giants offensive line. The Giants are the No. 32 ranked offensive in the NFL according to PFF and the revolving door across the line continues.
Stud left tackle Andrew Thomas, rookie center John Michael Schmitz Jr., and right tackle offensive Evan Neal are all dealing with their respective injuries that forced them to miss time throughout the year and none seem likely to play. Guards Joshua Ezeudu and Shane Lemieux were both added to IR this week as well and will miss at least the next four games as a result.
With that said, the sledding is only going to continue to get tougher for the Giants’ offense amid the injuries up front. Whether it be Daniel Jones or Tyrod Taylor under center this weekend, they will need to be wary of Payne’s presence.