The New York Giants take on their division rival Washington Redskins on Sunday, Dec. 9. Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. in FedEx Field. This week’s game marks the 172nd regular-season meeting between the two teams. The teams last met in Week 8 in MetLife Stadium, when the Giants lost, 20-13.
A win on Sunday would improve the Giants’ all-time record against the Redskins to 100-68-4 . A victory over the Redskins would also improve the Giants’ all-time divisional record to 262-225-12, including 117-125-9 on the road.
Series Meetings: 171
Overall Record: 99-68-4
GIANTS: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (out. bruised quad)
REDSKINS: LB Ryan Anderson (out; hamstring), OL Tony Berg- strom (out; knee/ankle), QB Colt McCoy (out; fibula), LB Zach
Brown (questionable; illness), DL Matt Ioannidis (questionable; shin), C Chase Roull
The Giants (4-8) enter to Washington to play a injury riddled Redskins (6-6) team who are now down to their third string quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Sanchez who is fondly remembered in New York for helping the Jets to two AFC championships games while a member of Gang Green as well as the infamous “butt fumble.”
Both teams have gone in opposite directions since their last meeting in October. The Redskins have lost two quarterbacks to leg injuries as well as injuries through out their defense and lost three out of their last four games.
The Giants have won three of four including a big win in overtimes against the Chicago Bears. New York has discovered their identity as being very gritty and averaging 29 points per game during this streak.
Today the Giants take the field without Odell Beckham Jr who is out with a bruised quad as well as defensive captain Landon Collins who had season ending shoulder surgery. Two key pieces to the franchise.
Eli Manning will rely heavily on Saquon Barkely, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram without Beckham in the lineup. I do expect the offense to be more balanced for the Big Blue as Eli will not have to try and force the ball down the field like he did last week in the first half with Beckham.
Washington has relied very heavily on an aging Adrian Peterson through out the season and the tank has slowly has been emptying.
Momentum seems to be on the Giants Side.
Prediction: Giants 26-12
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