4 NY Giants who shut their haters up against the Commanders

• Multiple NY Giants players stepped up big in Week 7

• Darren Waller posted the first Giants TD of his career

• Big Blue finally has some momentum on their side ahead of the Jets game

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2. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams had one of his better games in recent memory against the Commanders in Week 7. In addition to recording a sack and two quarterback hits, he blocked a field goal that sparked the team and helped propel them to victory.

Not to mention, Williams was a major factor in the run game, making it difficult for Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. to find any space. Robinson turned eight carries into just 23 rushing yards in what was his second-lowest rushing output of the season.

Williams was a big part of a ferocious Giants pass-rushing unit that had 5.5 sacks in Week 7. With fellow defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence garnering a lot of attention, Williams was able to capitalize on the mismatches and one-on-one opportunities he saw playing alongside Lawrence in Week 7. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come moving forward. If so, the Giants defense could continue to look as dominant as they have over the past two weeks, where they’ve allowed just 10.5 points per game in that span.

According to PFF, Williams received a grade of 56.5 for his efforts in Week 7, which was near the bottom of Giants defenders. However, it didn’t feel that way when watching the game in real time. Williams was everywhere and the grade doesn’t do his performance justice.