The New York Giants are in their first slump of the season as they have lost their last two games and three out of their last four. It does not get any easier for Big Blue as they have the red hot Washington Commanders who are 6-1 in their last seven games. With the NFC East getting very tight and with the Giants set to play five winning teams in their last six games, here are my three keys to a Giants win over their division foes, the Washington Commanders.
Get Saquon Barkley going
After a resurgent start to the season for the Giants 2018 second overall pick, Saquon Barkley has slowed down as of late. In his last two games played, Barkley has only rushed for 61 yards combined against the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. With the Giants having the league’s hardest remaining schedule the rest of the way and the NFC being so wide open, anyone is practically alive for a postseason spot. The Giants need Saquon Barkley to be Saquon Barkley again. It is key for the Giants to get him going and being back to the running back we have seen all year.
Limit the penalties
The Giants had too many penalties during their thanksgiving game against the Cowboys and one that took away a touchdown which was pretty much the deciding factor of the game. They have to be more disciplined if they want to score more points and to win this game. Too many silly mistakes and penalties will cost the Giants against a good team like Washington. If they can fix that, they can win.
Start off fast
The Giants all season long have had a tendency to fall behind early and work their back to either tie or take a lead. That can’t last especially against a red hot team like Washington. That is why it is important for the Giants to seize on opportunities early in this game to get the lead and hopefully hold on to it. If there is one thing we have seen from the Commanders all season long and in particular these last seven games ever since Taylor Heinicke has taken over, they never back down and don’t quit. The Giants have to score early in this game to go toe to toe with Washington.