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Sunday Jan 1, 4:25 PM - Giants at Redskins

Giants (10-5) vs Redskins (8-6-1)
The Washington Redskins notched another win last Saturday in Chicago. That 41-21 victory kept them on pace for a possible playoff spot.
The Giants could have qualified for the playoffs last week with a Thursday night win in Philadelphia. A 24-19 loss kept that from happening until other teams playing on the weekend gave them that opportunity.
Giants - Eagles Wrap-Up

Washington Redskins
They won the division title last year, but were not able to repeat. Considering that no NFC East division champion team has repeated since 2004, it fits the norm. They would be more disappointed if they could not make a playoff appearance, and right now the Giants who are already in, block their way. When the two teams first met this season, the Giants were 2-0 and the Redskins were 0-2. The Redskins won that matchup 29-27 and went on to win three more. Now Washington needs to beat the Giants once again and channel that same momentum to get them deeper into the playoffs than where they finished last year, after a one and done. As long as the Packers and Lions don’t tie, the Redskins would be the NFC's sixth seed with a win over the Giants on Sunday.

Washington Redskins Offense
Kirk Cousins broke out of his early season slump in that first game with the Giants. Coming in after two straight opening losses, he had thrown one touchdown and three interceptions. Cousins left MetLife Stadium with a win after passing for two touchdowns, while averaging about 8.5 yards a pass. Currently the Redskins rank second both in completions of 20 or more yards, and in total passing yards per game. Pierre Garcon leads the team with 75 receptions. He and DeSean Jackson are close to topping over 1000 yards each on the season. Jackson suffered a jaw injury during Saturday's win in Chicago, but he still finished with over 100 yards receiving for the fourth time in five games.
The running game features rookie Robert Kelly, who has rushed for 671 yards and six touchdowns. Kelly became the starting running back in Week 8, and he has made a major impact. Last week Kelly ran for 76 yards though limited by a knee sprain, but behind their strong offensive line, the Redskins ran the ball for a total of 208 yards. Assisting on that effort was Mack Brown, running for 82 yards, which included breaking a 61 yarder for a touchdown. Cousins contributed too. He wasn't sacked in the game, but took off five times and gained thirty yards, scoring 2 touchdowns on those runs.

Washington Redskins Defense
Up front they have a good pass rush, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan leads the team with 11 sacks. Trent Murphy is next with 9, and always manages to get his hands on opposing quarterbacks. Against the run Washington is one of the lowest ranked teams, but so are the Giants in gaining yardage on the ground. Still the Giants looked improved last game against the Eagles, with Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins running the ball for a total of 112 yards on 24 carries. If they keep that up, this defense will have to be careful for any over eagerness in trying to get to Manning.
In the secondary the Redskins have had to do some juggling in the safety position, and once again we'll see cornerback Josh Norman matching skills with Odell Beckham Jr. Bashaud Breeland last week had two interceptions against the Bears, but he suffered an ankle issue in the process. In his first meeting with the Redskins, Sterling Shepard had five catches for 73 yards and scored the only passing touchdown. Shepard will see more of Breeland than Kendall Fuller, who covered him back then.

Giants offense
This offense needs to breakout, and they have an opportunity to tune up in a game that makes no difference as far as post season play goes. Eli Manning has been working all year behind a shaky offensive line. The running game has been dismal, and while tight end Will Tye and rookie Sterling Shepard will certainly improve, they are still in learning mode. Small mistakes have turned into interceptions for opposing teams. Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. have more experience, but Cruz may have lost a step, and Beckham draws as much coverage as possible.
This is what Manning has at his disposal. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. The Giants have not scored more than 27 points in a single game, and have lost to every team they faced this season who appeared in the playoffs last year, with the exception of Cincinnati (5-9-1). The others, Washington, Minnesota, Green Bay and Pittsburgh accounted for four of their five losses on the season. In this game you would expect the offense to focus on sharpening Tye's passing and run blocking skills, and route running. Also, expect to see a lot of Paul Perkins running the ball to keep the Redskins defense honest.

Giants defense
This defense has tightened up since that first game they played with the Redskins. They sacked Kirk Cousins twice, but gave up two big passing touchdowns, a 55 yarder to Jamison Crowder, and a 44 yarder to DeSean Jackson. Throw in five field goals and it added up to 29 points. That's the most the Giants have given up this season in any one game.
Those two big scoring plays came on quick drives that were 2 plays and 3 plays respectively. The Giants were up 21-9 and then were suddenly losing 23-21. Cousins helpmates are a little banged up this time around. Tight end Jordan Reed sat out last week after separating his shoulder. DeSean Jackson left last game with a jaw contusion, and running back Robert Kelley is nursing a sprained knee.
Meanwhile the Giants might not have their best cover cornerback Janoris Jenkins back to help control the out of hand receivers who help Cousins to an average of over 300 passing yards a game. They will not have Jason Pierre-Paul getting after Cousins for a sack as he did last time, but they do have
Olivier Vernon who also got one, and Vernon now leads the team with 8.5 sacks. On run defense they'll see Kelley who might be limited, but Chris Thompson is fast, and makes catches out of the backfield. In the end yards don't matter only the score, and the Giants have allowed the third-fewest points per game in the NFL (18.3).

The two NFC East teams favored to win on Sunday are the ones that are not already in the playoffs. The oddsmakers figure that both the Giants and Cowboys will play cautiously with their players. What a difference a year makes. Last December the Giants were trying just to finish up with a face saving 8-8 season (didn't happen, 6-10). Now they're in a position to rest starters and give key backup players some valuable game time experience in case they'll be called upon in the playoffs.
The Redskins were division champs, were in the playoffs last year, and they want to be there again. If they fall behind in this game, Kirk Cousins will be heaving the ball downfield for big plays just as he did last time these two teams met up. The only way the Giants win this game is if cornerback Janoris Jenkins is on the field, and that might be too expensive a risk for the Giants to take at this point in time.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Cowboys (13-2) at Eagles (6-9).
Sunday at 4:25pm Giants (10-5) at Redskins (8-6-1).
The Eagles and Redskins are favored to win in these games.

Notes - Giants.
Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa, both now on IR, ran for 120 yards against the Redskins in Week 3.

Paul Perkins leads the Giants in rushing yards since Week 12.

Victor Cruz was targeted 13 times last week for 8 receptions, the most in any game this season.

Odell Beckham Jr. needs 86 yards to break a record of 4,163, for the highest total in a player’s first three seasons which was set by Randy Moss.

Giants have allowed the second fewest yards per rush attempt in the NFL - 3.6.

Giants have allowed only two running backs to break the 100-yard mark this year.

Notes - Redskins.

Kirk Cousins has had six completions of 50 or more yards in the last six games.

Kirk Cousins on 20+ passes, is third in the NFL in attempts (68), and fifth in completion percentage (48.5).

Kirk Cousins throwing for 300 yards or more, has resulted in the Redskins being 1-5-1.

Kirk Cousins could be their first quarterback to reach consecutive playoffs since Mark Rypien in 1991-92. Check out.
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