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Redskins-Giants preview: Critics will either gain steam or drift away

Will there be cheering or demise after this one?

MatchupWashington Redskins (0-2) vs. New York Giants (2-0)

Kickoff: Sunday, September 25, 1:00 PM EDT

Location: MetLife Stadium

Television: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)

Radio: Redskins Radio Network, ESPN Radio

Odds: Giants (-4.5), O/U: 45.5

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Last Week: Washington dug a deep hole by losing to a rookie quarterback and the Dallas Cowboys 27-23. The Giants are fresh off a 16-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Matchup History: Washington trails in the all-time regular season series 65-97-4 but the Redskins won the last matchup in November 2015. Washington has not beat New York on the road since December 2011 before the Giants went on to win the Lombardi trophy.

2016 Rankings (Yards Gained/Allowed):

Washington – Offense (7th), Defense (28th)

New York – Offense (14th), Defense (8th)

New York’s Strength: Giants GM Jerry Reese spent a fortune on defense to add names like Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison to the defensive line that already featured Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins, but New York's receiving corp is there biggest weapon. Everyone knows what Odell Beckham Jr. is capable of after a sensational first two years in the NFL; however, Eli Manning has even more options in a healthy Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard. The two have combined for 285 yards and two touchdowns through two games, a huge asset. With the Giants usually lining up in three receiver sets, outside corner Bashaud Breeland and slot man Dashaun Phillips may have another long day.

New York’s Weakness: Washington has given up 249 yards on the ground in the young 2016 season, but they will have an easier matchup in Week 3 as the Giants struggle to run the ball. Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen have New York as the 20th ranked rushing offense in 2016 large in part to a weakness on the right side of the offensive line. The combination of John Jerry and Marshall Newhouse, now out with a calf injury, is below average and dictates where New York runs the ball at times. Washington should exploit the right side and stop the run without having to load the box.

Prediction: Everything seems to be going wrong for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins has been inaccurate and the defense has been shaky at best. Things do not get any easier against an experienced quarterback and re-loaded defense. Washington will have another disappointing comeback attempt and another week of questions to answer.

Final score: 30-24 New York.

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