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Washington Football Team vs. New York Giants Preview and Predictions 10-18-2020

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The New York Giants will try to earn their first win of the season when they host the Washington Football Team on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

New York (0-5) is off to a miserable start and enters Week 6 as one of only three winless teams. The others are the New York Jets, who share a stadium with the Giants, and the Atlanta Falcons, who fired coach Dan Quinn.

Three of the Giants' losses have come by single digits, including a 37-34 road setback last week against the Dallas Cowboys. First-year head coach Joe Judge said he is encouraged by his team's progress.

"That's all that really matters, to be honest with you, the progress that we're making right now," Judge said after his team's latest loss. "The record will come in time. Obviously, we're not happy about the losses, that's not what we do here. But I've seen a lot of progress on all fronts and all units. We have to keep making consistent progress to keep being a better team as the year goes."

Washington (1-4) also is looking for signs of improvement after dropping its last four games. The club's trajectory is pointing downward after a 30-10 loss last week against the Los Angeles Rams, which marked the most lopsided defeat of the season.

Second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins was benched heading into last week in favor of backup Kyle Allen. Allen completed 9 of 13 passes for 74 yards and rushed for a touchdown before he was injured on a scramble, which created an opportunity for Alex Smith to take the field for the first time since a gruesome leg injury in 2018.

Washington is expected to turn back to Allen against the Giants after he reportedly was cleared by doctors to return. This would be his 15th career start, including 13 with the Carolina Panthers over the previous two seasons.

Haskins was not on the sidelines last week because of an unspecified illness, and he was not at practice Wednesday as Washington prepared for the Giants. Head coach Ron Rivera said the team is following proper protocols.

"We're not keeping him out of the building, just so everybody knows," Rivera said. "What we've done is, he's come in, he's seen the doctors, he's taken his test and he's gone home."

New York will stick with second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, who has shown flashes of potential but enters the week with only two touchdowns compared with five interceptions on the season. His 70.6 passer rating is down from his rookie season, when he posted an 87.7 rating.

Neither team ranks well in total offense. The Giants are third-to-last in the league with 282.4 yards per game, while Washington is dead last with 263.0 yards per contest.

In terms of total defense, New York ranks No. 8 in the league with 343.0 yards allowed per game. Washington checks in at No. 15 with 356.4 yards allowed on average.

New York is 0-2 at home this season. Washington is 0-2 on the road.

--Field Level Media

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MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
Capacity: 82,566

Last Injuries

New York Giants

  • Brandon Williams

    Groin
    Ques Mon | I-R

    Williams has hit the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will return to the fold Monday against the Buccaneers.

  • Andrew Thomas

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Thomas is away from the field while quarantining. Because he came in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, it is undetermined if he will be available for Monday's matchup versus the Buccaneers.

  • Sterling Shepard

    Toe
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Shepard was confined to a limited role in practice due to a toe injury, and it is up in the air if he will face the Buccaneers on Monday.

  • Darnay Holmes

    Neck
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Holmes missed the last game with a neck injury, and it is unclear if he will partake in Monday's tilt against the Buccaneers.

  • Will Hernandez

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hernandez has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus. It is unknown how long it will take him to pass protocol.

  • Shane Lemieux

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Lemieux is self isolating after having contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. It is uncertain if he will line up against the Buccaneers on Monday.

  • Spencer Pulley

    Illness
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Pulley is following league protocol and self isolating after being around someone with symptoms of COVID-19. It is undetermined if he will be in Monday's lineup versus the Buccaneers.

  • Devonta Freeman

    Ankle
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Freeman left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field for Monday's battle versus the Buccaneers.

Washington Football Team

  • Isaiah Wright

    Shoulder
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Wright was absent from the previous game with an arm injury, and it is unknown if it will interfere with his status versus the Giants in Week 9.

  • Montez Sweat

    Concussion
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Sweat was forced from the previous contest after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. It is unclear if he will be active against the Giants in Week 9.

  • James Smith-Williams

    Concussion
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Smith-Williams missed the last contest due to a concussion, and it is unclear if he will pass protocol in time for Week 9 with the Giants.

  • Dwayne Haskins Jr.

    Illness
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Haskins Jr. has missed the last three games due to an illness, and it is uncertain if he will line up against the Giants in Week 9.

  • Geron Christian Sr.

    Knee
    Ques Week 9 | questionable

    Christian Sr. missed the last game with a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will compete against the Giants in Week 9.

  • Landon Collins

    Ankle
    I-R | I-R

    Collins has popped up on the injured reserve list due to a torn Achilles.

  • Saahdiq Charles

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Charles suffered a dislocated kneecap, and he will miss an extended period on the injured reserve list.

  • Antonio Gandy-Golden

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gandy-Golden has been shuttled to the injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury. He will miss an undetermined length of time.