By Adam Aniba
The early returns on Eric Bieniemy and QB Sam Howell have been positive, in fact through 6 weeks Washington's offense ranks #10 in completion percentage with 68.7% and #11 in passing TDs with 9.
Bieniemy has certainly been pass happy though, calling 214 pass attempts to 124 run plays. As a team the Commanders offense has 527 rushing yards 5 TDs (Howell accounts for 9 runs resulting in 104 yards and 1 TD).
It's a bit of a surprise how Brian Robinson Jr. has only 77 carriers for 302 yards and 3 TDs for (3.9 yards per carry avg). On the flipside, Robinson has been a productive pass catcher when targeted, registering 113 receiving yards on only 11 receptions for 2 TDs with an impressive 10.3 yard per reception average.
The Giants rush defense has given up an average of 147.5 yds per game and 9 TDs this season, which ranks #31 in the NFL. Their red zone defense has also struggled and they currently rank #23 giving up points 61.9% of the time.
Bieniemy won't necessarily change his pass happy habits overnight, so getting the ball to Robinson in the passing game should be apart of the game plan vs the Giants. Coming into the league out of Alabama, Robinson's opportunities as a pass catcher were few and far in between.
It's clear that Robinson has worked on his his route running and pass catching this offseason, as he looks smoother catching the ball and more decisive after the catch with no wasted movement.
With the Giants struggling to defend the run this season, it would be a surprise if Biemiemy doesn't call more runs on Sunday. Even if that's not the case, Robinson has shown he can be a reliable and dangerous pass catcher when given the opportunity and should get more looks from Howell on Sunday.