After resting up during the bye week, the Giants will be facing their divisional rival, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins currently sit at 4-6 and are still very much in the NFC East title hunt, sitting only a game behind the division leading Giants. The Redskins do have a few blatant weaknesses heading into Week 12, one of them being their inability to stop the run.
The Redskins currently rank 30th in rush defense, compared to the Giants 26th ranked rushing offense. Rashad Jennings will need to play a big role in exploiting the Redskins’ inept ability to stop the run and flip the switch on Giants ground game. No. 23 strayed away from commenting on his role, but touched upon the must-win mentality of the game and playing meaningful football this late into the season.
“We’re right in the heart of it,” Jennings stated. “Going into the end of November, with the ability to play for something in the division; it’s wide open. We got the opportunity to kind of narrow that gap in the division this Sunday.”
When the Giants started 0-2, the season seemed destined to end without a playoff berth, but 11 weeks into the season, the Giants are in full control of their own destiny.
“It’s not every day that somebody can wake up and say ‘hey I’m in the NFL and I’m playing for something," noted Jennings.
Jennings knows the familiarity of playing meaningless football all too well. The running back started on a 5-11 Giants squad a season ago and was a former member of the Jaguars and Raiders organizations that never saw the light of a potential postseason berths.
Jennings will do everything in his power to take advantage of a lack-luster ‘Skins rush defense, as he is finally playing for a greater end goal for the first time in his seven-year career. Hopefully the Giants will be able to get the ground game churning this Sunday in FedEx Field at 1 PM.