The season may only be two weeks old, but Washington is already searching for answers after a disappointing 0-2 start. Things won't get any easier when they travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants, who are looking to put distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC East.
Washington won the division last season on the strength of Kirk Cousins' surprising hot stretch towards the end of the year. Instead of committing long-term money to the pending free agent, the team instead put the franchise tag on Cousins. That appears to have been a shrewd move, because Cousins has regressed back into a turnover machine.
Through the first two games, Cousins already has three interceptions compared to just one touchdown pass. He's been making critical mistakes in the red zone, including this truly hideous pick against the Dallas Cowboys that killed Washington's comeback attempt in Week 2.
Washington has an innate talent for stirring up locker room drama when the team isn't winning -- it's been a running theme throughout the Dan Snyder era. Sure enough, after last week's loss the anonymous sources were at it again, with Mike Florio reporting that there's "grumbling" in the locker room and some players would prefer Colt McCoy to be the starter. If Cousins and the team can't get back on the wagon, things could quickly unravel for Jay Gruden and company.
The Giants have no such drama, mostly because they're actually winning games. It hasn't been pretty through two weeks, but 2-0 with a win over the divisional rival Cowboys is as good as they could've hoped for after last year's 6-10 letdown.
New York spent huge money in the offseason to fix the defense, and the early returns have been promising. Damon Harrison instantly shored up the run defense, while Jason Pierre-Paul looks like his old self again and Janoris Jenkins has been a much-needed impact player in the secondary. The Giants' defense has been good enough to grind out a 20-19 win over Dallas and pull off a 16-13 nail-biter over the New Orleans Saints.
The Giants are fortunate their defense is performing, because the offense has been surprisingly stagnant thus far. Despite facing the Saints' porous defense, the Giants never found the end zone on offense, with their only touchdown coming on a blocked field goal attempt by Jenkins. Ben McAdoo will certainly be happy with the 2-0 start, but his team still has a lot to work on.
Fortunately, the defensive investments appear to have paid off and you gotta figure Odell Beckham Jr. won't be held under 100 yards every week. With Sterling Shepard excelling as a rookie and Victor Cruz completing his comeback, Beckham hasn't been asked to carry the load like he has the past two years. Still, the Giants have to get him going if they want to prove their fast start to the season isn't a fluke.
How to watch
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Place: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews