The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins will battle as we have reached week 7 of the NFL season. (Can you believe it? Already Week 7?) For all the good things that the Giants did last season, the Redskins were the Giants’ kryptonite, sweeping the season series from the champs. Let’s take a look at this matchup.
This Redskins team is different than the one the Giants faced last year. The Redskins are led by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III (or sir Robert as Osi Umenyiora now calls him). He leads all quarterbacks in rushing yards and is second in the league in rushing touchdowns. He also leads the league in completion percentage and was clocked at 4.0 in the 40 yard dash on his game winning touchdown run last week. They have another rookie in Alfred Morris at running back who almost has 600 yards rushing, himself.
The Giants come in off of their best defensive performance of the season, shutting down the San Francisco 49ers and their vaunted rushing attack to only 80 yards and getting six sacks. Not letting Griffin get the edge is going to be a key for the Giants defense. They let LeSean McCoy do it to them time and time again, and the line, especially Umenyiora, had trouble with it. The Giants will get a boost in the middle of the line with Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard on their way back from injury.
The Giants have has been resurgent of late thanks to their running game. Ahmad Bradshaw has done a great job of carrying the load for the team. You have to wonder if the Giants may change their game plan this week, though. The Redskins defense is last against the pass. Eli Manning didn’t perform that well against the Redskins last year. He didn’t throw a single touchdown pass against them.
We all know the Giants have had their issues at home and against the division. I’m going to pick the Giants to win 28-24, however, it wouldn’t shock me if the Redskins pull off the upset.