Thursday Night Football Week 2
The NFL season opened up last Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers narrowly escaping the Dallas Cowboys. This week's Thursday night game features the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants.
Washington (0-1) won the NFC East last season and should be one of the better teams in a weak division yet again. Although it made some moves in the offseason to improve the lackluster offense, the Football Team lost 20-16 against the LA Chargers last week, and the offense still appeared to struggle.
The Giants (0-1) were trounced at home by the Denver Broncos in Week 1. The New York offense is loaded with weapons on the outside, but that doesn't matter if you cannot get them the ball. The Denver defense dominated that game, and Week 2 may be even more difficult against a better Washington defense.
Both teams are dealing with injuries heading into this one. Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is questionable and tight end Evan Engram is out. For Washington, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is out for the next 6-8 weeks.
Fitzpatrick was supposed to bring some stability to the quarterback position, which has been a bit of a revolving door for the past few seasons in Washington. The team's attempts to find franchise quarterbacks have thus far failed, and it will have to turn to backup Taylor Heinecke.
Heinecke is a journeyman but has played well in the league before. As recently as last season, he came in from being out of football to lead a valiant effort against the Buccaneers in the playoffs.
This is a difficult matchup for the Giants. I do not expect a ton of offense from either side, but New York has a bigger hill to climb. Washington has one of the best defenses in the league, especially on the defensive line. Contrastly, the Giants have one of the worst offensive lines and a quarterback who is prone to turnovers. That does not seem to bode well for New York.