The New York Football Giants have lost 3 of their last 4 and are now sitting at 7-4 on the season. Despite their rocky November, the Giants enter December still firmly in position to get into the playoffs. What hasn’t helped the Giants the last few weeks is that they are banged up. That’s far from the sole reason the Giants have been struggling, but heading into this weekends matchup with the Commanders, the Giants should be getting healthier, at a time when they need it the most.
Some of the Giants biggest needs the past few years has been the offensive line and pass rush. To start the year, the Giants offensive line was playing the best it had been in years, especially in the run department. Injuries have slowed them down the past few weeks. Well, this week, the Giants should be getting back starting tackle Evan Neal and center Jon Feliciano. Getting Neal back is huge, and Feliciano will allow the Giants to have more flexibility in how they want to configure the interior offensive line, especially if Shane Lemieux and Josh Ezeudu can’t go this week. As far as pass rusher, it looks like the Giants will be getting last year’s sack leader, Azeez Ojulari back. That is huge for this defense. It will allow the Giants to have a better rotation at edge rusher and hopefully gives the Giants some more sacks. Sacks have been one of the Giants most underrated weaknesses this year. Despite the Giants being able to generate some pressure, they are not getting home, as the Giants rank 26th in the NFL in sacks. With Ojulari coming back, it feels like the Giants pass rush may be able to finally get into its groove.
Besides the O-line and pass rush, the Giants should be getting a couple of other important players back this week. Tight end Daniel Bellinger should be back this week after suffering a serious eye injury Jacksonville. Bellinger was playing very well before his injury and developed a nice rapport with Daniel Jones. Maybe his most important attribute is his ability to block, as the Giants have not had much of that at the tight end position since his injury. Along with Bellinger, the Giants secondary should be getting a bit of a boost. Cornerback Fabian Moreau and Safety Tony Jefferson have a good chance to play this week. In a secondary missing stars Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney, this would be a huge boost as we all saw last week what Dallas did to the Giants defensive backs.
Are the Giants fully healthy? No, far from it. They are likely to still be missing 3 potential starting O-Lineman in Shane Lemieux, Josh Ezeudu, and Ben Bredeson. They are also still missing defensive backs Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney. But no team in the NFL is fully healthy at this point in the season, and the reinforcements the Giants are getting back should give the team enough of a boost to win this game against the Commanders.
As Brian Daboll said to the players this week, “The Season starts now.” Let’s start the most important stretch of the year with a win against a division rival.