Redskins-Giants preview: Here we go again?

Though coming off a blowout loss and heading into a rematch against a Giants team that owns this series, the Redskins are one win from first place.

Five sacks. Five turnovers. Five touchdown passes for Cam Newton. Five weeks until Christmas.

 

One of those things has nothing to do with the Redskins brutal beating they took from the Carolina Panthers.

 

However, the Redskins inability to recover from a suspect unnecessary roughness call on Chris Culliver in the second quarter may have had something to do with it. And their measly 14 rushing yards played a role too.

 

They lost so bad, it led Panthers coach Ron Rivera to partake in some dabbing

 

After the game, Jason Hatcher created a conspiracy theory about why the team received controversial flags and then later denied ever making the comments as if it was a tweet and not a postgame interview. That’s how bad the Redskins lost: Jason Hatcher had his mind hacked.

 

Whatever, it's time to leave Sunday in the past and look forward to the post-Thanksgiving rematch with the Redskins NFC East rival, the New York Giants. That's true even if Culliver won't be around for the rematch.

 

The first meeting for these two teams in the Meadowlands didn't go the Redskins way at all. The game was over before How to Get Away With Murder even started.

 

The Giants scored on the Skins opening series, sounds ridiculous right? They scored by way of a safety due to a botched punt. That's how the night went for the Burgundy and Gold in a 32-21 loss. 

 

That was two months ago and things have changed. The Redskins will have DeSean Jackson on the field and they will be at FedEx Field, where Kirk Cousins turns into a Hall of Fame quarterback. In Cousins last four home games, he's completed 77 percent of his passes for 1,134 yards with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. Yes, you read that right, ZERO.  

 

Speaking of quarterbacks, the Redskins have had a tough stretch of quarterbacks to face over the past few weeks. This stretch started with Tom Brady, then Drew Brees, then Newton and now Eli Manning.

 

No matter how little sense it makes, the goofy Manning brother will eventually enter the Hall of Fame, someway, somehow.  Also, the goofy Manning brother has had ample amounts of time in the pocket to flick the ball around against Washington.

 

He’s only been sacked twice in his last three games against the Skins. Manning has also thrown for nine touchdowns and just one interception against the Skins in his last three games.

 

Here are some stats that probably don’t matter, but could be used to annoy your family members on Thanksgiving that don’t watch football:

 

-       The Giants lead the all-time series 98-65-4

-       The Giants have won five straight and six of the last seven meetings

-        The Redskins have won four in a row at home, the third longest active home win streak in the league only behind the Panthers and New England Patriots (both have won six straight at home)

-    In two games against the Redskins, Odell Beckham Jr. is averaging nine catches, 136 yards and two touchdowns per game

-    The Redskins have gone seven games without one 100-yard rusher

 

I don’t know what will really happen, but I can tell you that if Odell Beckham Jr. scores he will dance much more than Cam Newton did on Sunday.

 

I don’t know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Jason Hatcher might get checked  out after Sunday’s game just cause.

 

I don’t know what will really happen, but I can tell you that Kirk Cousins actually might not be the most awkward quarterback playing in Sunday’s game.

 

The stakes are high this Sunday. Regardless of a losing record, winner of this game will be in first place of the NFC East heading into Week 13. If you can’t get excited for that, then you don’t deserve happiness.

Talib Babb is a freelancer for CSNmidatlantic.com, producer for 106.7 The Fan, stand-up comic and Maryland native. You can find him on Twitter @talibbabb.

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