The Giants defense sputtered out last week providing little resistance against an Eagles team that managed 45 points to take the win. The loss keeps the Giants out of that final playoff spot for another week and with Dallas winning last night, the Giants have to win this game to keep pace. The Redskins might be the bottom dwellers of this division, but they have been playing pretty well lately giving a lot of talented teams fits. The Giants should be able to win this game, but if they make too many mistakes they could easily lose.
Offensively the Giants might have some difficulties in this game. They really like to establish the run inside, and like at the start of this season, it will be hard to do so with Haynesworth plugging up the middle. In addition the Redskins have vastly improved their pass rush since the Giants last played them. With the improved pass rush I believe it would be a good idea for the Giants to try to establish the run even though they could have trouble with Haynesworth. Eli has been good this season, but he struggles when he faces a heavy pass rush and the Redskins are capable of bringing the heat. If the Giants can give Eli time I like his chances to carve up a disappointing secondary of the Redskins. Nicks got his first start last week and while he had some drops, he ultimately finished with over 100 yards receiving. With him, Smith, and Boss in the line-up, Eli has plenty of reliable receivers.
Defensively the Giants have really struggled as of late, but have a good chance to rebound in this game. The area that is really hurting the Giants is the deep pass. They have not been able to get the pass rush they had hoped for and teams are having tons of time to find open receivers. The good news for the Giants is the Redskins have a lot of injuries to the offensive line. This should help the Giants to get a rush on the Redskins forcing Campbell to get rid of the ball early, and not get into a rhythm. In addition the Redskins do not really have a big threat at receiver. Fred Davis is their best option and he is a tight end. Moss is regressing and no one else is really stepping up. They also have injuries at running back, and if the Giants can stop the running game like they did against the Eagles and Cowboys the defense could have a good game.
I could be wrong but I see this as a low scoring game. The Giants match up well defensively against the Redskins as they have struggled in pass protection. With the added pressure the Giants should be less likely to get burned in the passing game. Offensively the Giants might have some problems, but in a close game I like Eli over Jason Campbell.
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