When they last met: Commanders and Giants

“When they last met” is an ongoing series during the NFL season, recalling the preceding game between Washington and the next opponent on the Commanders’ schedule.

New York 14, Washington 7 – Week 7, Oct. 22, 2023

Sam Howell’s 4th down pass to Jahan Dotson was incomplete at the one-yard line, and Washington fell 14-7 to the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

Leading 14-7 the Giants at the Washington 10 were about to go up two scores, securing the win. However, Daron Payne stripped Saquon Barkley and recovered the fumble, stopping the Giants scoring drive with 7:51 remaining.

Chris Rodriguez had runs of 8 and 9 yards, and Howell completed nine passes on the drive, setting the stage for the 4th and 5 play from the Giants 7. Howell’s pass to Dotson at the one-yard line was slightly behind Dotson, who was able to get both hands on the pass but did not make the catch, ending the Commanders’ drive.

The offense, for most of the game, was anemic, impotent, and absolutely ineffective. The Commanders fell behind 14-0, putting together drives that ended punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, punt, punt, punt, punt.

The offense was so weak that their only score came when Dyami Brown recovered a third-quarter muffed Tress Way punt at the Giants 21-yard line.

With 10:21 remaining in the third quarter, Brian Robinson scored from four yards, allowing the Commanders to avoid being shut out.

However, the Commanders next two possession managed to produce only 29 yards and two punts.

Suddenly, on their next-to-last possession, the Commanders finally manufactured a scoring drive, moving 81 yards in eight plays. Yet, Joey Slye’s chip shot 27-yard field goal was blocked by Leonard Williams.

Losing to the Giants and losing in the manner they did infuriated defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. Allen blew a fuse in the locker room immediately following the game.

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Title: When they last met: Commanders and Giants
Author: Ivan Lambert

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