You can’t completely give up what you do every week just because the biggest game of the season is approaching. But you can do more than usual.
That’s the message defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, one of 10 team captains, plans to deliver to his Giants teammates in the coming days ahead of Sunday’s playoff-style playoff game against the Commanders. at FedEx Field.
“Challenge the guys to watch a little more, to study their matchups a little more,” Lawrence said Monday. “Doing what we already do, just a little more stuff.”
It won’t be a hard sell, though.
“I don’t try to put a lot of pressure on anybody,” Lawrence said. “It’s about doing what you do the other weeks, just a little bit more, knowing it’s a potential playoff game.”
It’s uncharted territory for Lawrence, who arrived in 2019, and also for Andrew Thomas, the third-year left tackle. Lawrence and Thomas played high-profile late-season games at Clemson and Georgia, respectively, but not in their time with the Giants.
“You don’t want to go out and do something drastic that you haven’t done all season, but you also want to focus on every detail,” Thomas said. “We know what’s at stake. You already know the mentality that comes with that. Washington is a great team, our division is great this year, so we know what this game means.
The Giants and Commanders have matching records of 7-5-1, playing tied 20-20 in Week 13.
Saquon Barkley played just 20 snaps against the Eagles, the third-fewest in his five-year NFL career. The plan was to use a rotation at running back with Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell to limit Barkley’s workload due to a neck issue. Once the game got out of control, Barkley went to the sidelines and did not return. Afterwards, Barkley said he felt fine. A day later, coach Brian Daboll said, “Hopefully he’s a little better this week than he was last week.”
TE Daniel Bellinger’s availability is in question after being sent off with a rib injury. “I’d say he’s pretty sore, so we’ll see how he is during the week,” Daboll said.
WR Richie James is in concussion protocol. Daboll said it was too early to know about possible returns this week for DL Leonard Williams (neck), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), G Ben Bredeson (knee) and S Xavier McKinney (hand).
The Eagles’ 253 rushing yards in their 48-22 rout on Sunday was the most given up by the Giants in more than eight years. They allowed the Seahawks 350 rushing yards in 2014. … It was the most lopsided loss to the Eagles for the Giants since a 27-0 loss in 2014. It was the most points the Giants gave up to the Eagles. Eagles since a 49-21 loss. October 4, 1959.
Giants assistant general manager Brandon Brown will attend the NFL’s Front Office Accelerator in Dallas this week. The program was created to provide “up-and-coming people of color and women with front-office prospects the opportunity to strengthen relationships with club owners and executives.” Brown was interviewed for the Vikings general manager job in last year’s hiring round before being recruited by new Giants general manager Joe Schoen.
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