Giants reflect on the scheduling quirk of facing Commanders twice in three weeks


It’s weird that the quirks of the 2022 NFL Schedule have the Giants playing the Commanders twice in three weeks – and even weirder that because Washington had a bye on Sunday, they will play two straight games against Big Blue in a non-playoff scenario.

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So what is that like for the Giants? Here’s a quick quotebook from head coach Brian Daboll and three players about that phenomenon:

SAQUON BARKLEY: “I’ve never done this, but I don’t think it hinders preparation. It's part of it. We didn't make the schedule, the schedule is made that way. Can't make any excuses. We've just got to go. We've got to be ready. That's all it is. We've got to do the little things better. We've got to double down on every single thing that if we want to accomplish what we want to accomplish and all of our goals are still in front of us, we've just got to come out. It's a big week. Every week's a big week and it's getting deep in the season and we've got to continue to get healthy, trust the system, trust each other and the rest will play out how we want it if we do that.”

DANIEL JONES: “I mean I think it can help to have played them recently. You got the game to look back on and study what they did and what they had success with and areas where we had success. I think that's helpful. You got to be able to adjust and get a feel for what they're doing and they're playing. Each game is different. We'll understand that but certainly be prepared going in.”

JULIAN LOVE: “I can't remember if I've ever had it this close together – especially division games. But I think they're fresh on your mind. So, we left some stuff out there last week that we had to make opportunities on this week. So, it's a big week of prep for us.”

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL: “I think, being in the league as long as I've been in the league, I'm sure there's certain times (teams have played twice so close). But none of that really matters. It's 'get back to work', and we just prepared for that team. They had a bye week, so they haven't had an opponent. So, it'll be a big one on Sunday night.”

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