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3 keys to Giants win over Washington Commanders in huge NFC East clash – The Denver Post

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1. TURN SAQUON ON

Saquon Barkley carried the ball 46 times for 114 yards (2.47 per carry) in the Giants’ three losses in their last four games. The offensive line will be healthier on Sunday with Evan Neal and Jon Feliciano back. And Brian Daboll must restore his best player and running game. It’s not just for offense. It would also help keep the Giants’ battered defense off the field.

2. STOP RACE AND EXPLOSIVES

The Giants defense is giving up 5.2 yards per carry, tied for second in the NFL. And Washington RB rookie Brian Robinson Jr. is the straw stirring the COs drink. Additionally, the Giants were allowing just 3.6 plays per game of 20 or more yards on opposing offenses before Thanksgiving, then they gave up six to the Cowboys, including five on passes without top corner Adoree Jackson. Those numbers, plus Dallas with 7-for-11 on third downs and 4-for-4 in the red zone, don’t bode well.

3. RUN, DANIEL, RUN

The Atlanta Falcons were able to get the ball to Washington last week (29 for 167, 5.8) thanks in large part to QB Marcus Mariota’s constant rushing threat and his six carries for 49 yards. Daniel Jones has already killed opponents with his legs, including nine carries for 95 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced Washington in September 2021. But defenses are taking him away, and he had three rushing attempts against Dallas for 14 yards. Running Jones could also help Barkley.

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