Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants - 12/1/13
New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm (FedExField)
The Line: Washington Redskins +1.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds
The Giants and Redskins square off at FedEx Field in D.C. as two of the more disappointing teams in the league look to make a final push at the playoffs.
The Giants started the year with an 0-6 mark and looked very sloppy in doing so but did rip off four straight wins before dropping last week’s pivotal decision against the Dallas Cowboys. New York is a better team than their record indicates as Eli Manning is still an elite quarterback, Andre Brown has taken over the running back duties, and the trio of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Rueben Randle make up one of the better receiving units in the league. However, it might be a case of too little too late as the Giants are two games back of the Cowboys and Eagles for the division lead and a wild card possibility is even more out of the question than a divisional crown but crazier things have happened. I expect a full on offensive outpour from the Giants as Washington has been awful on defense especially against pocket passers and with the receiving options and the ground game being what it is for the G-Men I think the Skins are in for a beat down. The only question remains is whether or not the Giants defense can do enough to contain an underachieving Robert Griffin and the ground attack of Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.
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The Redskins are another huge disappointment as the playoff qualifiers and NFC East division champions from a year ago sport a 3-8 record and are more than likely to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the NFC playoff picture. Robert Griffin had an exceptional rookie season but clearly the knee injury sustained in last year’s playoff loss to the Seahawks is still taking its toll on the second year pivot and as such the Redskins’ offense and team as a whole has suffered. Griffin has also been criticised by teammates for not accepting responsibility for the team’s sluggish effort this season and it appears as though he has lost the locker room. Washington is in a state of disarray as they were waxed on Monday night at home against the Niners and now face a Giants team reeling from a tough loss last weekend and one who still has an outside shot of making the playoffs. While divisional road favourites isn’t something to get in the habit of taking I think the Giants are simply the better team here and are more balanced on both sides of the ball which should give them the edge.