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An inside take a look at Sunday’s Giants-Commanders Week 13 matchup at MetLife Stadium.

Marquee matchup

Commanders WRs Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson vs. Giants CBs Fabian Moreau, Nick McCloud and Darnay Holmes

Adoree’ Jackson (knee) isn’t prepared to return and the Giants are left with scraps at cornerback. Moreau spent his first 4 NFL seasons with Washington, so he is aware of McLaurin, one of the best of the group and the home-run hitter.

Dotson, a rookie, leads the group with 4 touchdowns. Samuel performs like a working again and that could be a praise. Rodarius Williams and rookie Cor’Dale Flott think about right here as effectively for what will probably be all palms on deck for the Giants.

Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin
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Fabian Moreau
Fabian Moreau
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Paul’s choose

At some level, a group with playoff aspirations has to win a house sport towards a comparable group. That time is right here for the Giants. They are more healthy than they’ve been, rested and ought to be prepared. Sure, the opponent is on a roll, however the long-armed defensive entrance ought to have the option to bat down a few of Taylor Heinicke’s passes and Saquon Barkley is due for a breakout.

Giants 24, Commanders 20.

Four downs

Welcome again: The damage information was so grim heading into the Thanksgiving sport in Dallas. The state of affairs has brightened significantly. For the primary time in a protracted whereas, the Giants have reinforcements out there at crucial spots. The offense ought to be bolstered by the return of proper sort out Evan Neal and tight finish Daniel Bellinger. The protection figures to be strengthened by lastly getting again exterior linebacker Azeez Ojulari and in addition having cornerback Fabian Moreau. Jon Feliciano is again at heart.

“We’re getting lots of people again and that’s a blessing,’’ Saquon Barkley stated.

Combeback child: Brian Robinson Jr. ran for 105 yards final week in a victory over the Falcons, one of the best sport of his rookie season. That Robinson is anyplace close to a discipline is unimaginable, contemplating in August he was shot a number of instances in what officers stated was a theft or carjacking when the Commanders have been in coaching camp. Somehow, Robinson missed solely 4 weeks. He has 126 speeding makes an attempt for 467 yards and two touchdowns and might be requested to carry the load, as main rusher Antonio Gibson is coping with a foot damage.

Fill that spot: Sometimes there’s a position that simply refuses to get crammed. For the Giants, that spot this season is left guard. Four totally different gamers have began alongside Andrew Thomas: Ben Bredeson, Josh Ezeudu, Shane Lemieux and Jack Anderson. This week, it seems to be as if Nick Gates, coming off a horrific leg damage that wanted seven surgical procedures to repair, might be the fifth totally different starter at left guard. So a lot for continuity.

“I’m used to it at this level,’’ Thomas stated. “It’s simply a part of the NFL. People go down, however we have now a resilient bunch that do a very good job of coming in. We put together, everybody prepares like they’re going to play that week, so that they do a very good job of that.’’

Taylor-made: Carson Wentz began the primary six video games at quarterback this season for the Commanders and compiled a passer score of 84.1. Taylor Heinicke began the previous six video games and his passer score is 82.7. Quite related. Wentz was 2-4. Heinicke is 5-1. Wentz is healed from a fractured finger, however Heinicke is the man who has that sure one thing that makes believers of these round him.

“He’s a playmaker and that’s what he reveals on movie,’’ Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence stated. “You’ve obtained to respect him for his come up. He performs onerous, he performs along with his swagger, and he’s obtained the group behind him.’’

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