Kickoff: Sunday, January 1, 4:25 PM EST
Location: FedEx Field
Television: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network, Westwood One
Odds: Redskins (-7.5), O/U: 45
Last Week: Washington took care of business against the Bears 41-21, while New York hit a speed bump against the Eagles.
Matchup History: Washington trails in the all-time regular season series 66-97-4, but the Redskins have won the last two matchups in November 2015 and earlier this season in Week 3.
2016 Rankings (Yards Gained/Allowed):
Washington – Offense (3rd), Defense (29th)
New York – Offense (24th), Defense (11th)
New York’s Strength: This assumes New York with full personnel and ample personnel, neither of which is likely since the Giants are locked in the NFC playoffs as the fifth seed. 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. Even if Pierre-Paul (core muscle) does not play, New York is excellent up front. The Giants are the third best run defense in the NFC behind just Dallas and Carolina, allowing just 91.9 yards per game. More impressively, Big Blue only allows 3.6 yards per attempt which is second best in the entire league after Seattle. Washington must stay balanced on offense but it will be easier said than done if the Giants defense continues to dominate the line of scrimmage.
New York’s Weakness: The Giants struggle to run the ball to say the least. The combination of Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins are not anywhere close to Pro Bowl talents, though the Redskins suspect run defense hasn't stopped many this season. The Giants have the third worst run game in terms of both yards per game, 83.4, and yards per attempt 3.5. Jennings is injury prone so it is plausible that New York limits his workload.
Prediction: Even though the Giants probably have a more talented and well-balanced team, it's logical to think that Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., and other important stars are rested at some point in the second half if they play at all. As a result, Washington should be able to win this game on will alone. If they do not, then maybe they do not deserve to be in the playoffs.
Final score: 26-20, Washington.
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