New York Giants (0-1) at Washington (0-1), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. A pair of NFC East rivals open play in week two as the New York Giants travel to Landover to face off against defending NFC East champion Washington at Fed Ex Field. Both teams were at home to open the 2021 campaign and both teams took losses last Sunday.

Daniel Jones and the Giants could never really get themselves on track against Denver at Met Life Stadium, as the Broncos would leave upstate New Jersey 27-13 winners. After a scoreless first quarter of play, Denver would take a 10-7 lead with them to the break and would never look back, scoring their final 17 points of the contest unchallenged before Jones scored on a 4-yard run as time expired. Denver’s Melvin Gordon led all rushers with 101 yards and a TD as the Broncos outrushed Big Blue 165-60 (Jones led the Giants with 27 yards and had a rushing TD). Teddy Bridgewater threw for 264 yards with TD passes to Tim Patrick and Albert Okwuegbunam (both were sacked twice but threw no interceptions). Big Blue was 50 percent on third down (6 of 12) and 1 of 3 on fourth down, keeping the ball for 24:52 (including the final 1:49 of the contest), while Denver ruled the clock, holding the ball for 35:08, while going 7 for 15 on third down, 3 for 3 on fourth down.

The defending NFC East champions found themselves being held off by Justin Hebert and the Los Angeles Chargers 20-16 at Fed Ex Field. Washington trailed 13-9 at the intermission, then took a 16-13 lead with 11:20 left in the third when backup QB Taylor Heinicke and TE Logan Thomas connected on an 11-yard TD toss. That lead would be short-lived as Hebert and WR Mike Williams would hook up on a 3-yard TD toss early in the final quarter. Washington outrushed the Bolts 126-90 with RB Antonio Gibson leading all rushers with 90 yards, while Austin Elker led the Chargers with 57 yards and a rushing TD. Heinicke, taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), threw for 122 yards and a TD with no sacks or interceptions (Fitzpatrick threw for 13 yards with a sack that knocked him out of the contest), while Hebert threw for 337 yards and the game-winning TD and was sacked twice and threw an interception. Washington was a somewhat dismal 3 for 10 on third down (they were successful in their only fourth down try) and kept the ball for 23:57, while the Bolts were rulers of the clock, keeping the pigskin for 36:03, while going 14 of 19 on third down tries.

Including contests that were played in Boston, Yankee Stadium, New Haven, RFK Stadium and old Giants Stadium, Big Blue leads the series 104-68-4, have outscored Washington 3,595-3,158 and have won the last five meetings in the series, including sweeping the two contests last year (Washington’s last win in the series came in 2018 when they would leave the Meadowlands 20-13 winners).

They met in week six in the Meadowlands and Big Blue held off their NFC East rivals, breaking a their five-game losing streak at home in the Meadowlands, coming away 20-19 winners over Washington at Met Life Stadium. The Giants took a 13-10 lead with them to the intermission before Washington chipped way and tied things up with 8:56 left in the contest on a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. Big Blue would reclaim the lead with 3:29 left when rookie LB Tae Crowder lived a lineman’s dream, recovering a fumble and returning the ball 42 yards for his first career NFL TD.

Washington made things a lot closer than Giants fans would have liked when they used a 10-play, 75 yard drive that used 2:53 of clock to pull themselves to within one when WR Cam Sims and QB Kyle Allen connected on a 22-yard TD toss. Washington then went for the two-point try in an effort to leave upstate New Jersey with the win but Allen’s pass failed. Washington then went for the onside kick, which the Giants successfully recovered and they would run out the clock to take the win.

New York outrushed Washington 132-86 and Doug Jones threw for 112 yards and a TD, leading all rushers in the contest with 74 yards (Jones was sacked once), while Allen threw for 280 yards and a pair of TDs (including the toss to Sims; Jones was sacked once, Allen was sacked three times and both men threw an interception). The Giants were 7 of 11 on third down conversions at Met Life Stadium and held the ball for 26:30, while Washington ruled the clock, keeping the pigskin for 33:30, going 8 of 15 on third down, 2 of 2 on fourth down.

The Giants made it a clean sweep in the series, as Washington saw their hopes of a third win this season get away from them as they held them off, leaving FedEx Field 23-20 winners in week nine. The Giants would lead 20-3 at the intermission in Landover before Washington stormed back in the second half, outscoring Big Blue 17-3 in the final 30 minutes of play, coming to within three with 10:24 left in regulation when WR Terry McLauren and backup QB Alex Smith connected on a 68-yard TD toss. Washington would get the ball back with 1:48 left and got themselves as close as their 32-yard line when Smith was picked off by Lance Ryan to close off the threat and take the win.

Big Blue out-rushed Washington 166-37 with Giants RB Wayne Gallman Jr. leading all rushers with 68 yards and a rushing TD; Smith threw for 325 yards and the TD to McLauren but was picked off three times (including the interception that ended the drive) and was sacked twice, while Daniel Jones threw for 212 yards with a TD to TE Evan Engram but was sacked five times. The Giants were 6 of 15 on third down (0 for 1 on fourth down) and ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 36:27 to Washington’s 23:33, with Washington going 3 for 8 on third down.

The Giants in the week six contest at Met Life were favored by 2 1/2 but would win by only one and the two teams missed the 42 1/2 over/under, tallying 39 points. In the week nine game at Landover, Washington was favored by 3 1/2 but the Giants won by three. This time, the two clubs matched the 43 over/under, scoring 43 points. Vegas likes Washington as 3 1/2-point favorites and the over/under’s 50 1/2. Both teams struggled last week and someone’s got to come out on top. Hail to the Football Team! Washington covers the 3 1/2 in Jersey and takes the win.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink (field reporters); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (New York Giants), 83 (Washington); XM: 226 (New York Giants), 225 (Washington); SXM App: 823 (New York Giants), 831 (Washington)

Referee: Scott Novak

Injury Report

New York Giants
OUT: LB Cam Brown (hamstring), TE Evan Engram (calf), G Shane Lemieux (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Saquon Barkley (knee)

Washington: Washington reports no injuries

Weather: Cloudy and 72 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel