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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ (Dec 4) – The New York Giants will take on the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon from Giants Stadium. They are 7-4 and with the Eagles winning on Thursday night are ½ a game out of first place in the NFC East.
The Giants with a win will be tie with the Eagles. The Giants want to keep pace because not only is this a divisional game which has a lot of meaning if you are going to get into the postseason but also because they want to have destiny in their own hands. The only way to have destiny in their own hands is if they win and when they play, the Eagles at home in a couple of weeks are tied if not ahead of them.
Here are some things to look for tomorrow.
Donovan McNabb is in a different uniform but still successful. The Redskins are not a great team, they are not that bad though either. McNabb tormented the Giants when he was with the Eagles and the Giants will prepare for him the same way they always have. I would expect the Giants defense to be aggressive as they really came alive in the second half-last week.
Jason Pierre-Paul is a guy to watch, he is a rookie and looks like he is coming into his own. The Giants defense is ranked first but they had a couple of iffy weeks until they really came out in the second half like gang busters last week and punished the quarterback.
The Giants offensively still may be without some players but Mario Manningham has really stepped up and Eli Manning came through in a big way last week, not turning over the ball, which is huge for this team. The running game was there and Brandon Jacobs will once again get the start. I think the brutal running of Jacobs’s early wears down the defense and then Bradshaw can come in and take advantage; I look for another strong running performance from those two.
The Giants may have David Diehl and Steve Smith back but if not they should be back next week and the Giants will be happy to start seeing their full team.
The Giants have won four straight meetings against the Redskins. The Redskins receivers have only caught four touchdown passes, which is the lowest in the NFL. The Giants pass defense is the best in the NFL allowing 186.4 yards per game.
The Redskins are without their top two rushers. Clinton Portis is out for the season, which is a major loss, and Ryan Torain has a hamstring problem. Manning has not been sacked in four straight games with an offensive line that is in pieces. Diehl may be back and Sean O’Hara will be returning shortly.
Hakeem Nicks may be back soon also along with Smith and then the Giants will be whole again looking to put plenty of points on the board and dominate offensively like they were in the beginning of the season.
The Redskins defense is the only one in the NFL allowing more than 400 yards per game and their rush defense is allowing 4.9 yards per carry, that is tied with the Colts for worst in the NFL. I would expect the Giants to do well offensively and defensively in this game.
My pick – Giants will win by the score of 31-20.