The Giants came oh so close to the upset of the season last week on Sunday Night Football.

While it didn’t happen, it was encouraging that the Giants competed against a team like the Bills.

While no games should be taken lightly in the NFL, the Giants’ schedule eases up now.

That starts this week against the 3-3 Commanders.  If the Giants have any shot of salvaging their season, that has to start this week with a win against Washington.

To prepare for this one, let’s look back at the Giants and Commanders’ October 2006 meeting.

In this week 5 matchup, Washington was 2-2, looking to build upon a playoff berth the year before. The Giants were off to a disappointing 1-2 start to the season.

The Giants were the defending NFC East champs, but the fanbase and media were still very skeptical of both Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin.  A 1-3 start would only add to this skepticism.  To start the game, the Giants would drive into Washington territory, but kicker Jay Feely would miss a field goal.  This allowed Washington to go up 3-0.

This would be the only lead Washington would hold for the rest of the game.

Eli Manning and the Giants would score on their next 4 possessions.  Three of these were Jay Feely field goals, but the Giants would finally score a touchdown off a 2-yard pass from Manning to Receiver Plaxico Burress.  One more Feely field goal in the 4th would give the Giants a 19-3 lead, and that’s how the game would end.  The Giants won this game, executing a very balanced offense as Manning would throw for 256 yards, completing 69% of his passes.  On the ground, Running Back Tiki Barber rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries.  While the defense didn’t force any turnovers, they completely shut the Washington offense down, allowing just 164 total yards.

The Giants’ 2006 victory over Washington was a complete team win.  This win would be the first of 5 straight wins for the 2006 Giants that would help them get to the postseason.  The 2023 Giants are in need of a win like this.  The Giants’ defense has been churning out impressive performances while the offense is failing to score any touchdowns.  Whether it’s Tyrod Taylor or Daniel Jones this week, the Giants need to reward each other on both sides of the ball this week.

The Giants need to do as they did in 2006 and get a win against Washington that helps turn their season around.

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