Headline Photo Credit: Courtney Rivera- Washington Football Team
1 down, 2 to go, or something like that. In the first of 3 straight division matchups, The Washington Football Team took on the Giants, who they’ll face again to end this 3 game stretch. Neither team was looking pretty good coming into this week’s matchup. If we’re being honest, the whole division is a mess, but we must have a winner, so we play on. The question though, everybody seems to be asking is, “How many wins will this division “winner” have?”
Let’s be real here, nobody is that scared of the Giants offense this year, especially Daron Payne. The stats truly don’t reflect how disruptive the 2018 first-rounder was to the Giants offensive line. He finished with only 5 total tackles, one for loss, but it felt like he was in the backfield on every snap. Even with the Herculean effort by Payne, the Giants were still able to get 132yds on the ground, more than half of which belonged to Mr. Danny Dimes. For that fact, Jones ran for more yards than Washington’s top 2 backs (McKissic & Gibson) combined on less than half as many attempts. At this point, nobody should be shocked by the running ability of Jones except maybe himself & the Eagles 😉😉. An interception at the end of the 3rd looked like it could’ve changed the momentum for the Football Team, but after only getting 3 points of the now expected turnover from Jones, the Giants still survived, even after giving up a very, very late touchdown.
In his second straight start since the Haskins benching, Kyle Allen came out poised to forget the 30-10 loss to the Rams from the week before. A loss that saw Allen replaced at halftime by Alex Smith. Going against the Giants bottom half passing defense, it seemed like a favorable matchup. Other than an interception by his former Carolina teammate James Bradberry, you could say he had a very solid game. There was a strip-sack late in the 4th quarter that ended up being the game-winning score for the Giants, but the poor blocking is just as much to blame on that play as anything else. Overall, Allen completed 31 passes on 42 attempts for 280yds with 2 touchdowns & that one pick, with also both touchdowns coming at critical points in the game. The first to Logan Thomas came right before the half to keep Washington in the game, 10-13 at halftime. It was a beautiful fade thrown to Thomas the back endzone, who pulled it in with both feet dragging as Giants corner Julian Love was draped all over him. The second score was a beautiful 22yd throw, again in the back of the endzone, to Cam Sims for his first career touchdown with just over 30 seconds left in the game. It would set up the opportunity for Riverboat Ron to either kick the extra point for overtime or gamble for the win with a two point conversion attempt. They went for the win but came up with the loss.
This Sunday brings to town the Dak-less Cowboys in their second straight division test. Even without Dak, there still is a healthy Ezekiel Elliott to deal with. If Daniel Jones can run against the Football Team, imagine what a motivated Elliott can do when he’s out to prove his team still has a chance, even without Dak & especially in such a weak division. The one bright is that they are facing Andy Dalton instead of Dak Prescott. Dalton isn’t exactly known as a world-beater from his time in Cincinnati, but he’s still a serviceable QB, so if they sleep on him, we could have an upset in Washington. We here at LegacyMaker are split on this game. Most of us have Dallas leaving town with the win. The other half, including yours truly, believe Washington can walk away with the win & temporarily division lead