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Bouncing back from a disappointing year, the New York Giants promising 2-0 start will be tested this Sunday with what has been deemed the game of the season. This will be the first away game for the Washington Redskins who are lagging behind after becoming the reining NFC East champions.
Leading up to the intense matchup, everyone is focused on the OBJ-Norman drama that made headlines last season. An assortment of penalties and a jab to the head characterized the rising stars as careless and vulgar. That drama carried on through the summer when the two exchanged words about their heated rivalry in a series of interviews. Thanks to OBJ’s wonderful PR staff, it’s been more butterflies and rainbows since then, but we’ll see if he can maintain composure on the field when Norman is coming at him with full force. Aside from their unsettled personal vendetta, the CB has never been asked to shadow a top WR. Apparently the game plan is for Norman to shadow OBJ throughout the game, making this matchup that much more thrilling. OBJ is not the only WR the Redskins should be plotting against as the receiving corps continues to stun under McAdoo’s reign. Sterling Shepard has been doing a fantastic job as an impact player, while Victor Cruz is getting back into it.
A key factor will definitely be the Giants’ offensive line that is still a work in progress. Last week, I was virtually begging Marshall Newhouse to stop holding as he racked up unnecessary penalties at crucial times. The Redskins’ linemen will probably bulldoze through Newhouse and John Jerry, leaving Manning unprotected, yet again. Although he was sacked twice in last week’s victory over the Saints, Manning finished with a passer rating of 104.1. Fans were able to see some of that chemistry come alive again in his big fourth quarter play to Victor Cruz down the right sideline, which turned into a 34-yard gain.
After two years of recovery, Cruz is back and he is an offensive weapon all on his own. The highly calculated improvements on the defense are finally paying off. There might be a new NFC East champion this season.