Washington is coming off a 38-26 Week six home victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was quarterback Robert Griffin III’s first game since he sustained a concussion Week five against the Atlanta Falcons. While his passing yardage was pedestrian, Griffin III made his presence felt in the running game. That was evidenced by his 76-yard touchdown against Minnesota that sealed the victory for the Redskins.
Meanwhile, the Super Bowl 46 champion Giants are coming off a 26-3 Week six road victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Many so called “experts” were a little surprised at the Giants’ impressive victory. New York quarterback Eli Manning was solid, if unspectacular. Giants’ running back Ahmad Bradshaw (no relation) paced New York’s running game, scoring a touchdown and topping the 100 yard mark in rushing yardage.
Washington’s defense played better Week six against the Vikings. Despite surrendering chunks of yards against Minnesota in the first quarter, the Vikings could not score a touchdown until late in the game. The Redskins’ secondary will have their hands full with Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz, a big play receiver who has become Manning’s main target. New York’s other wide receivers, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, and Ramses Barden have also proven to be capable targets for Manning as well.
But the strength of the Giants lies on their defensive front. Defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, and Jason Pierre-Paul are members of the best defensive front in the NFL. Their intense pass rushing capabilities caused San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith to throw three interceptions during the Giants’ Week six blowout. There’s no question that Umenyiora, Tuck, and Pierre-Paul are more than ready for their opportunity to get after Griffin III and knock him around a little bit.
Prediction: The Giants are at their best when critics doubt their ability. Their week six game against the 49ers is testament to that, dominating a 49ers’ team many experts feel will represent the NFC in Super Bowl 47. The Giants also have a score to settle with Washington, who swept the season series with New York in 2011. While Griffin III and the resurgent Washington offense will keep the game close, Manning will find a way to lead the Giants to victory in this battle of NFC East rivals.
Final score: Giants 28, Redskins 23.