Redskins' D-line key to stuffing Giants offense

Ben Krimmel
October 27, 2018 - 2:36 pm

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The New York Giants offense is distinctly below average, but is led by a pair of players with game changing skill: wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Saquon Barkley.

The key to stopping both Beckham and Barkley may be the same group of Redskins: the defensive line. 

The "Alabama Wall" of defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne play a huge role in stuffing Barkley and stopping the Giants offense, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman told Grant & Danny Friday.

"My main things to stop Saquon Barkley are (No.) 93 and (No.) 95, and I feel real good about Jon Allen and real good about Daron Payne. Even if Saquon Barkley is, maybe, already the best back in the NFL," Hoffman said. "He's so gifted in everything he can do."

The Redskins have some experience shutting down big play backs, Ezekiel Elliott was averaging five yards per carry before the Cowboys Week 7 game against the Redskins. He managed just 33 yards on 15 carries in a 20-17 defeat. 

Washington faces a similar test Sunday as the Giants rookie sensation has racked up 481 yards on the ground and averages 4.9 yards per carry. But unlike Elliott, he is also a huge factor in the passing game, with 49 catches for 424 yards. 

“That’s going to be a test,” Payne said.

But a test the Redskins defense is well prepared to ace. They are allowing just 3.95 yards per carry by opposition running backs (12th in the NFL) thanks, in part, to the play of Allen and Payne. 

“If you can’t stop the run and run the ball you’re not going to win in this conference," Allen said.

While Allen or Payne will never line up opposite Beckham, they can help stunt the Giants passing game by getting pressure up the middle against a porous New York offensive line. In addition to struggling at getting push in the run game, the Giants O-line ranks 24th in the NFL in adjusted sack rate and have allowed 24 sacks this season. 

"They rely, and need desperately, huge plays," Danny Rouhier​ said. "Whatever it is, they need something huge (on offense). If you don't let that happen, you win the football game."

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