Fresh off their bye week, the Washington Football Team looked to gain some revenge in their Week 9 contest with the New York Giants. The Giants defeated Washington 20-19 in their earlier meeting, a game that Washington could have won if not for two turnovers by quarterback Kyle Allen. On paper, this home game for Washington provided the backdrop for victory and a chance to gain ground in the dreadful NFC East division.
Unfortunately, this game became a carbon copy of Washington’s first meeting with New York. The Giants emerged with a 23-20 victory that earned them a sweep of the season series. Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones has been known for committing frustrating turnovers during his brief two year career. On this day, he committed zero turnovers and threw a touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram that helped provide the margin of victory.
As for Washington, injury and turnovers supported another lackluster performance. Allen suffered a dislocated ankle on a hit by Giants’ safety Jabril Peppers in the first quarter, effectively ending the Washington quarterback’s 2020 season. Veteran quarterback Alex Smith entered the game, and fared no better. He threw three interceptions, coupled with lost fumbles by Washington running back Antonio Gibson and punt returned Isaiah Wright. Those miscues added up to five turnovers, making things difficult for Washington to win this game.
It was a bad loss for Washington, as they squandered an opportunity to move up within their division. However, they wake up Monday morning still within striking distance of the Philadelphia Eagles, who enjoyed the bye week along with their 3-4-1 record. At 2-6, Washington can actually still win the division, considering they’ve already beaten the Eagles this season.
But they can’t afford too many more losses. The Giants are 2-7 and can leapfrog Washington at any time due to their season sweep of Washington. The Dallas Cowboys are also 2-7, employing their third quarterback of the season, Garrett Gilbert. The 2-6 Washington Football Team can be relegated to the NFC East cellar at a moment’s notice if they keep giving games away.
There’s no time to dwell on that now. Washington has to prepare for a Week 10 road game with the Detroit Lions in their efforts to strive for improvement. They have seven more games to try to figure out if they’re in rebuilding mode, or they’re trying to win the dreadful NFC East.