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Monday Night Football, Week 3: How to watch Redskins-Bearsby Joe DeLeone on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm
Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Check out how to tune in Tonight’s matchup features another weak national game. This time we have two teams with not a lot of offensive firepower. Use this game as your live thread throughout the game. Chicago Bears (1-1) at Washington Redskins (0-2) Game time: 8:15 p.m. ET Where: Fed Ex Field Referee: Walt Anderson TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: WatchESPN, ESPN+ Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters Radio: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner, Ross Tucker (field reporter) SIRIUS: 81 (Chi), 83 (Was) | XM: 225 (Chi), 226 (Was) Odds: Chicago -4 SB Nation websites: Redskins: Hogs Haven | Bears: Windy City Gridiron The Chicago Bears are off to a rough start offensively this season. Mitchell Trubisky and company were held in check by the Packers Week 1, and barely snuck out a victory last week with a 16-14 win over the Denver Broncos. Tonight might be the best opportunity for big offensive production. Washington is also off to their own difficulty start, after an anticipated 0-2 record. Both games were losses to NFC East opponents. The Redskins do have a bright spot with rookie receiver Terry McLaurin, who has 187 yards in two games.
‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast, 9/23: Daniel, Jones, Saquon Barkley injury, Pat Shurmur audioby Ed Valentine on September 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm
Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports The new ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast has a lot going on. Mark Schofield joins the show to talk about the great starting debut by Daniel Jones. We talk about the injury to Saquon Barkley. We also listen to some audio from Pat Shurmur’s Monday conference call. Listen to the full episode below. Where to subscribe You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View radio from the show’s home page. You can find all the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page. You can also find the shows and subscribe on all your favorite podcast apps: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS Finally, be sure to check out the home page for all of the shows across the expanding Vox Media Podcast Network.
Five running backs who could replace the injured Saquon Barkleyby Chris Pflum on September 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Where could the Giants turn to fill the hole left by Saquon Barkley? After some additional confirmation, we now know that New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain just before halftime in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barkley could, reportedly, be out anywhere from four to eight weeks. With third year pro Wayne Gallman as the only other healthy running back on the Giants’ roster, they will have to make a move to fill out their depth chart while Barkley recovers. Which moves might the Giants make to give them options at running back? 1) Jon Hilliman Promoting Hilliman from the practice squad is, honestly, the most likely move for the Giants. The Giants really liked Hilliman for the work he showed as an undrafted rookie throughout camp and the preseason. He doesn’t have the shiftiness of Barkley or the recently waived Paul Perkins, but he knows the playbook and was consistently able to make positive yardage. This move is even more likely if the Giants only expect Barkley to be gone for a month or so. If they expect him to be gone longer, perhaps putting him on the IR with a designation to return, the calculus could change and they might look to a veteran option. 2) Christine MichaelMichael has never truly lived up to his athletic potential. An Scouting Combine phenom back in the 2013 NFL Draft, Michael is strong, agile, and explosively agile. But the production has never measured up to Michael’s considerable upside. But beggers can’t choosers at this point in the calendar. The Giants are unlikely to find a player with more athletic upside than Michael. 3) C.J. Anderson A former undrafted free agent, Anderson has been a productive running back in the NFL, having a 1,000-yard season as recently as 2017. Anderson began the 2019 season with the Detroit Lions, but was waived just this past week as a corresponding roster move when Detroit picked up Paul Perkins off of waivers. Anderson would likely be able to come in and be productive, and this would have a very “circle of life” feel to it. 4) Javorius Allen Also known as “Buck,” Allen is a former fourth-round draft pick who is coming off a bad year with the Baltimore Ravens, but offers upside as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He had been with the New Orleans Saints over the summer but was released with an injury settlement before the preseason. If he is healthy he could be worth a look. 5) Akeem Hunt Why don’t we finish with a homecoming story. Hunt originally came in to the league as an undrafted free agent signed by the Giants in 2015. He flashed in his first training camp and preseason, showing impressive burst in space as a running back, pass catcher, and as a returner. Hunt could offer the speed, agility, and playmaking ability that Gallman lacks, as well as some upside on special teams.
Giants star Saquon Barkley could be out 4-8 weeks, per reportby Ed Valentine on September 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm
Yes, that is Saquon Barkley’s foot. | Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images Running back has high ankle sprain New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley is expected to miss the “next several weeks with a high ankle sprain, per a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Barkley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year a season ago, was helped to the locker room shortly before halftime after landing awkwardly on his right foot. He spent the second half watching the game on crutches while wearing a walking boot on his injured foot. Adam Schefter is now reporting that the injury could sideline Barkley 4-8 week, with the longer timeline “considered more likely.” MRI revealed Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain that could sideline him anywhere from 4-8 weeks, per source. Longer timeline is considered more likely; the Giants have a bye in week 11, which could give him eight weeks to recover and return for last six games.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019 That means Barkley could be out until after the Giants Week 11 bye. They face the Chicago Bears in Week 12. “It’s very unfortunate to have Saquon out of the lineup,” said Giants coach Pat Shurmur. “We all know what he brings to the team, but it’s going to fall on all of us to move forward and do what we can to win games.” Barkley said Sunday evening his plan was “whatever it [the injury] is just work my tail off to get back. Dr. David Chao is a former NFL team physician. He discussed the Barkley injury Monday morning on Sirius XM Radio. “Saquon’s gonna miss some time ... I’m hoping this is better than A.J. Green’s potentially eight-week high ankle sprain ... a couple weeks at least is my best guess right now.” Wayne Gallman will take over as the primary running back. The Giants will have to make at least one roster move because fullback Elijhaa Penny is the only other running back on the 53-man roster. Running backs Jon Hilliman, who was with the Giants during the summer, and Austin Walter are on the practice squad.
Stats, snap counts from the Giants’ victory over Tampa Bayby Chris Pflum on September 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports What insights do the numbers give us? It must be something about Week 3. For the second year in a row the New York Giants came alive in the third week of the season and got their first win. This win came on the back of strong performances from rookie QB Daniel Jones, receiving weapons Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, and the play of the Giants’ pass rushers. As is our habit, it’s time to take a look at some of the numbers beyond the box score and see what there is to learn. There is a ton to sift through when it comes to this win for the Giants, so rather than waste more time on an introduction, let’s dig in. Offense Daniel Jones It’s fair to say that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones exceeded expectations with his play against the Buccaneers. And there were certainly things about which the Giants feel good, but if we are going to be fair and get a complete picture of Jones, we also have to recognize that it wasn’t all good. Jones completed 23 of 36 attempts for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns, as well as 28 yards and two touchdowns on 4 carries. Jones’ mobility proved to be one of the differences in the game, allowing him to escape trouble and score points that Eli Manning simply couldn’t. That was a good thing, as the Giants’ offensive line struggled for the second week in a row, giving up five sacks over the course of the game. Per NFL NextGenStats, the Buccaneers’ defensive front largely had their way with the Giants’ offensive line, particularly Shaquil Barrett, who nearly took over the game in the third and fourth quarters. This brings us to the first concern with Jones’ play Sunday. He has long been praised for his courage in the pocket, going back to his time at Duke. However, he often seems unaware of pressure until a defender has his hands on him. On each of his sacks, and again on two more in which the defenders simply missed the tackle, Jones never seemed to notice them until he was being sacked. While nobody wants him to become skittish in the pocket or hearing footsteps, he does need to work on developing more situational awareness so he can use his athleticism proactively — or at least protect the football when a sack is unavoidable and help the ball security issues which have plagued him so far as a Giant. NFL NextGenStats credits Jones with completing 63.9 percent of his passes, 3.3 percent above the 60.6 he was expected to complete based on situations, coverages, and separation. Jones was primarily effective in the middle of the field where he completed 10 of 13 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. Jones was not as good outside the numbers, completing 12 of 19 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Rewatching the game Monday morning, I noticed roughly 10 passes in which Jones was noticiably off-target. Some of those passes fell incomplete, but others — such as Evan Engram’s spectacular one-handed grab — were saved by the Giants’ receivers. This in line with some of Jones’ college scouting reports which noted a drop in precision and placement on longer passes, particularly to the sidelines. Going forward the Giants might want to emphasize passes to the middle and play to Jones strengths and save the sideline passes for shorter attempts. Fortunately, those also play to the strength of Evan Engram. Receivers In particular here I want to call attention to the play of Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. I’ll be zooming in on them later in the week, so I don’t want to get too deep in the weeds here, but while I thought they had very good games after watching live, I’ve revised my opinion after re-watching the game: They didn’t have good games, they had great games. Engram finished the game with 113 yards (his second 100-yard game of the season) and a touchdown in 6 receptions on 8 targets. The hybrid tight end rarely left the field, playing 57 of 65 offensive snaps, which is how things should be. In particular, Engram’s game-breaking athleticism was on display, turning a 3-yard crossing route as a part of a modified mesh concept into an 18-yard gain on the first play of the game. On the first play of the second half, Engram turned a 12-yard crossing route into a 75-yard touchdown run to seize the momentum for the Giants. That play, in particular, is how Engram should have been used since he was drafted. Shepard was equally dynamic, picking up 100 yards and a touchdown in 7 receptions on 9 targets (62 snaps), as well as a 19-yard run. Shepard proved to be a massive upgrade to the Giants’ receiving corps, using his meticulous route running to create separation out of his breaks and dissect Tampa’s zone coverages. Even when there were defenders in the area Shepard was positioned to expand passing windows and I had hoped that the Giants would build on the deeper passing game they showed against the Buffalo Bills, and they did. It was particularly evident in how Shepard was used when we compare his target chart from Week 3 to Week 1. We saw quite a bit of the “bad Giants” passing game against Tampa Bay, but the use of Engram and Shepard — and more importantly their execution — gave the Giants the explosive element they needed on offense to complete the comeback. Defense Defensive FrontIf there was one thing that stood out about the Giants’ defense against Tampa, it was the pressure they got on Jameis Winston. Granted, Tampa Bay’s offensive line is not the strength of their team, but Winston was under siege for much of Sunday’s game. Per NFL NextGenStats, the Giants’ pass rushers were routinely in Tampa’s backfield and constricting Winston’s pocket. The Giants also used a very active defensive line rotation throughout the game which seemed to help keep their defense fresh through the fourth quarter. EDGE Markus Golden - 61 of 77 snaps Lorenzo Carter - 59 snaps Oshane Ximines - 40 snaps Defensive Line B.J. Hill - 39 snaps Dexter Lawrence - 33 snaps Olsen Pierre - 33 snaps Dalvin Tomlinson - 31 snaps Secondary As we’ve come to expect, the Giants’ secondary played the most consistent snaps on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Janoris Jenkins each played all 77 defensive snaps, as did safeties Antoine Bethea and Jabrill Peppers. Slot corner Grant Haley played 62 of the available snaps. It is impossible to say that the Giants’ secondary had a good day against the Buccaneers. Not when Mike Evans went off for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, the Giants generally had tight coverage on Tampa’s receivers. But we should also note that when it came to throwing the ball, Winston had a very good game. NFL NextGenStats gives Winston’s expected completion percentage for last night as 52.1 percent, yet he completed 62.2 percent of his passes — a full 10.1 percent better than expected. To put that in perspective, Patrick Mahomes was +9.6 on Sunday and Winston was second only to Matt Ryan’s +15 percent above expected. It was definitely a tale of two halves for the Giants’ secondary, with the team playing the soft coverage we have seen for much of the year in the first half before switching to a more aggressive man coverage scheme in the second half. That seemed to pay off (until the final drive) and the Giants not only forced Winston to hold the ball longer. As with the more aggressive route schemes, hopefully we will see more of this type of coverage in coming weeks.