While the Washington Commanders' bye week brought much-needed rest and recharge time and extra studying of the upcoming opponent, Washington is eager, especially after the Week 13 tie, to get back into NFL action.
"I think they are pretty excited about playing the Giants again," said head coach Ron Rivera. "We've had a lot of good energy. We've been focusing on what we do and what we want to do against these guys."
Perhaps initially at schedule release or earlier in the fall, the Giants-BYE-Giants lineup so late in the season was not a sequence the team was jumping for joy about. However, with the way the Commanders season has gone since Week 6 and the toll the NFL takes on the body, Rivera now looks at this stint as maybe a blessing in disguise.
"I think it's helped us in this situation…We sent the players off, 'Go ahead and take four days. We won't see you until the following Tuesday.' That kind of thing. So, they got a chance to get away and relax," Rivera said." In the meantime, coaches did a quick review, a quick study of some of the things that we could do better: third down on both sides of the ball, red zone on both sides of the ball."
All this week, the Commanders have been busy making sure that the added recovery and evaluation they were able to get in during the bye is put to good use this Sunday night. Everyone in Ashburn knows what this one against the Giants means, but they also know that the key to getting what they want and have worked for will be treating it just like any other game.
"We've put ourselves in this position. Now we have to take care of our business. We have to focus in on one game at a time," Rivera said. "You can't have what you want unless you get this one so let's focus in on and put our energies towards this. And let's go out and play our best."
The Washington Commanders have wrapped up their week of preparations for their Sunday Night Football game against the New York Giants. Here are the top photos from Friday's practice. Photos by Kourtney Carroll/Washington Commanders
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about the Commanders' secondary becoming a strength.
- The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga gives his perspective on the Commanders' roster.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes that Curtis Samuel is playing like himself again.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux looks at the Commanders' plans for Chase Young.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig looks at how the Commanders can contain Daniel Jones.
- The Richmond-Times Dispatch's Michael Phillips writes about Taylor Heinicke's success in an uptempo offense.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Washington's excitement for a big game on a big stage this Sunday.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about the Commanders preparing for a "playoff atmosphere."
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen takes a look at the NFC East.
- The Washington Post's Scott Allen also writes about the Commanders preparing for a pivotal rematch.
- The Athletic's Ben Standig writes opens his notebook ahead of the Commanders' crucial Week 15.
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