The New York Giants have a massive NFC East clash with the Washington Commanders coming up. Head coach Brian Daboll gave some key information about who will (and will not) be suiting up for the tilt. Chief among those names were All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas (out) and starting quarterback Daniel Jones (questionable).
Daboll said he doesn’t have a designation on QB Daniel Jones for Sunday yet. Asked if he’s cleared for contact, Daboll said, “Not yet.”
Daboll said LT Andrew Thomas (hamstring), C John Michael Schmitz (shoulder) and OT Matt Peart (shoulder) are out.
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Injuries are nothing new for this Giants team. Several players are on the team’s IR right now. John Michael Schmitz Jr. and Matt Peart are joining Andrew Thomas as linemen missing this game. Right tackle Evan Neal (questionable) could join them, and so could cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (questionable). Injuries may fittingly play a role in a season-defining matchup.
A Peek at the New York Giants Week 7 Game
Going up against a 3-3 Washington Commanders club, a loss in Week 7 may end any hopes of another Giants playoff berth for good. Usually playing at home would be a reason for optimism. However, this year’s Giants have mustered three points in their first two home contests.
Washington’s defense is allowing 29.3 points per game, so this is New York’s best shot yet to finally find the end zone at home. Even an offense ravaged by injuries should have some hope against the Commanders, especially with Saquon Barkley back in the mix. An early touchdown would be a significant first step toward a potentially season-saving win.
However, the offense isn’t the only reason that the New York Giants are flailing early on. The defense is allowing 27.8 points per game, a number that has them 28th league-wide. This unit, which is healthier than the offense, has more reason for optimism this week.
They held an explosive Buffalo offense to 14 points on the road last week. It was the first time an opponent didn’t put up at least 28 against New York this season. The Giants also held Washington to 32 points in two meetings last year. In an important win, the defense even scored a touchdown to earn an early lead.