With the biggest game of the season coming up, you can’t completely drop what you’re doing every week. But you can do more than usual.
Outfielder Dexter Lawrence, one of those 10 team captains, will have a message to his Giants teammates in the coming days leading up to Sunday’s playoff eliminator game against the Chiefs at FedEx Field. is planning
“Challenge guys to watch a little bit more, learn their game a little bit more,” Lawrence said Monday. “Doing what we’re already doing, just a little bit more.”‘
However, it won’t be a hard sell.
“I’m not trying to put too much pressure on anybody,” Lawrence said. “It’s about doing what you do the other weeks, knowing it’s a playoff-potential game.”
It’s uncharted territory for Lawrence, who arrived in 2019, as well as third-year left tackle Andrew Thomas. Lawrence and Thomas played in key late-season games at Clemson and Georgia, respectively, but not during their time with the Giants.
“You don’t want to go out and do something drastic that you haven’t done all season, but you want to focus every minute,” Thomas said. “We know what we have. You already know the mentality that comes with it. Washington is a great team, our division is great this year, so we know what this game is all about.”
The Giants and Chiefs are tied 20-20 in Week 13 and have a record of 7-5-1.
Saquon Barkley played just 20 games against the Eagles, the third of his five-year NFL career. The plan was to use a rotation with Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell at running back to limit Barkley’s workload due to a neck problem. After the game got out of hand, Barkley went to the sideline and did not return. Afterward, Barkley said he felt better. A day later, coach Brian Daboll said, “Hopefully he’s a little better this week than last week.”
TE Daniel Bellinger’s availability is questionable after being sidelined with a rib injury. “I’d say he’s in a lot of pain, so we’ll see how he does throughout the week,” Daboll said.
WR Richie James is in concussion protocol. Daboll said DL Leonard Williams (neck), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), G Ben Bredeson (knee) and S Xavier McKinney (hand) are expected to be available this week. It is early.
The 253 rushing yards by the Eagles in Sunday’s 48-22 rout were the most given up by the Giants in more than eight years. They allowed 350 rushing yards to the Seahawks in 2014. … It was the Giants’ most lopsided loss to the Eagles since a 27-0 loss in 2014. It was the most points the Giants had given up to the Eagles in a 49-21 loss. October 4, 1959.
Giants assistant general manager Brandon Brown will participate in the NFL’s Front Office Accelerator program in Dallas this week. The program was created to “give rising people of color and women front office prospects the opportunity to build relationships with club owners and executives.” Brown interviewed for the Vikings general manager position during last year’s recruiting cycle. Giants GM Joe Schoen.