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NFL Week 6 PFF ReFocused: New York Giants 20, Washington Football Team 19

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) at the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Washington Football Team at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in East Rutherford. Nyg Vs Was

Entering Week 6 with a combined record of 1-9, the first of two games between these division rivals featured a back-and-forth slugfest. Washington quarterback Kyle Allen led a late comeback charge, but Riverboat Ron made the bold decision to go for 2 points and the win in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter, and the Football Team ultimately fell short. A gutsy one-man-band performance by Daniel Jones earned Joe Judge his first win as an NFL head coach.

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Story Of The Game

Through the first five weeks, Giants cornerback James Bradberry is the second-highest-graded player at his position (85.7). He essentially eliminated one side of the field for the Washington offense and was targeted four times for three catches and 12 yards. Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner made a concerted effort to move his best pass-catcher, Terry McLaurin, away from Bradberry. Leading all players in this game with 11 targets, McLaurin turned in a quiet performance with seven receptions and 74 yards.

The Giants have one of the worst pass-protecting offensive lines in the NFL, having allowed the second-most pressures (99) through the first five weeks. But facing off against a defensive line that featured five first-round picks, New York held up in the trenches and allowed just five total pressures.

While Allen looked efficient distributing the ball to nine different targets, Jones showed his propensity for the big play. In the first half, the Giants signal-caller took off on a 49-yard run and completed a 23-yard TD pass to Darius Slayton.

Jones failed to get on the same page with his wide receivers, but kudos to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett for recognizing the New York offense looked more productive running the football. The Giants totaled 132 rushing yards with 66 coming off six designed runs by Jones.

Rookie Watch

One of the afternoon's more intriguing matchups would be a battle between two top-five picks from the 2020 NFL Draft in Chase Young and Andrew Thomas. After a disappointing start to the season, Thomas spent the first quarter on the bench while third-round pick Matt Peart played 25 snaps at left tackle.

On the field for 26 snaps, third-round pick Antonio Gibson touched the ball 13 times for Washington and totaled 55 yards. Undrafted free agent Isaiah Wright recorded 55 snaps at wide receiver, catching 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards.

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