One number to know heading into Washington's Week 9 meeting with Giants

Peter Hailey
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One number to know for Washington's home meeting with Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Before every Washington Football Team game this year, Pete Hailey will identify one key number that you must know regarding that contest.

Here is his number for the Week 9 showdown with the Giants.

75 percent

In Joe Judge's first season, the Giants are losing quite a bit. They began 0-5 and currently own a 1-7 record.

However, at least New York can say they aren't losing by giant margins.

Now, there's no way the players will take any solace in that, and those tabloid headline writers in the Big Apple certainly don't care, either. But Big Blue has done a solid job of at least staying close in most of their matchups, as this week's number highlights.

So far in 2020, six out of the Giants' eight tilts have been decided by eight points or less, which is tied for second in the NFL. That includes their previous meeting with Washington a few weeks ago, where they notched their lone of the year by a single point. In their last three times out on the field, they've won by one, lost by one and lost by two.

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A little bit of math will tell you that, overall, 75 percent of New York's games come down to a pretty tight score. Be prepared for something similar to play out at FedEx Field this Sunday.

At 2-5, Washington can't claim that they're superior to their division rival. Some could even argue that they're inferior, considering they recently lost at MetLife Stadium and have actually been dominated in this series for a few seasons.

The Burgundy and Gold, though, are right behind the Eagles when it comes to the NFC East title, they're coming off a bye and they feel like their entire roster is beginning to find its groove. Those factors would suggest that they should be more invested than the Giants in Week 9, more rested and perhaps sharper.

Even so, they have to be ready to deliver a strong effort from kickoff to conclusion. 

New York isn't a consistent winner yet under Judge, but they have proven to be a consistent almost-winner. Ron Rivera's group better take them seriously, or else no one will take Washington's playoff hopes seriously anymore.