What Washington Commanders news is making headlines as practice begins for Week 11 against the New York Giants?
It’s just unclear what could happen if the Washington Commanders lose to the New York Giants in Week 11. Their NFC East opponents triumphed in their first meeting of the campaign but remain among the league’s bottom players, meaning nothing short of a convincing win will be enough before the schedule gets particularly tough ahead of the bye.
Pressure is increasing on those in power, that’s for sure. Meanwhile, stories piling up in the columns include Ron Rivera’s hot seat, a heightened sense of urgency, Sam Howell’s impressive form and the Commanders’ position in ESPN’s weekly power rankings.
Let’s look at each topic in more detail.
It was another good effort against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10. But the Washington Commanders defense couldn’t get the job done late as quarterback Geno Smith put together enough rushing yards for a basket on the field.
This leaves the Commanders at 4-6 and facing the barrel of another losing campaign. Washington fell one spot to 20th in ESPN Power Rankings as a result, reporter John Keim highlighted their Thanksgiving Day contest at the Dallas Cowboys as their most important remaining game.
“Look, when you’re 4-6, every game is important, but this one stands out because it’s not just a game the nation will watch – a chance for quarterback Sam Howell to show development – but it could be a chance for the Commanders to even their record. Of course, if they beat the Tommy DeVito-led New York Giants on Sunday. Washington would technically still be in the playoff race if they beat New York and lost to Dallas. But in reality, it would be over, especially with upcoming games against Miami, San Francisco and the Cowboys. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott is 5-0 against Washington in Dallas.
– John Keim, ESPN
It would be a shock if the Commanders weren’t 5-6 at AT&T Stadium. Dallas also has an open goal against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday, so they will be full of confidence as they continue to make another statement in front of the national NFL audience after their Thanksgiving festivities.