The Washington Redskins will play their only scheduled prime time game in 2012, a Week 13 home game against the New York Giants on Monday, December 3rd. Kickoff is scheduled at 8:30pm from Fed Ex field, and it will feature the prime time debut of the Redskins’ sensational rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
Washington is coming off a 38-31 Week 12 Thanksgiving Day road victory against the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin III was efficient once again, passing for 311 yards and four touchdown passes. Redskins’ running back Alfred Morris was solid as well, gashing the talented Cowboys’ defense for 113 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Giants are coming off a 38-10 Week 12 home thrashing of the Green Bay Packers. New York featured a balanced offensive attack through the air, as well as on the ground. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning was efficient as usual, tossing three touchdown passes against zero interceptions. Running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown paced a running game that collectively earned 147 yards against the Packers. Bradshaw and Brown averaged at least five yards per carry each, reflecting New York’s efficiency on the ground.
The Giants and Redskins faced each other Week Seven in New York, with the Giants coming away with a 27-23 victory. New York will be without Brown at running back due to a broken leg. That means Bradshaw will have to anchor the Giants’ running game. New York’s offense shouldn’t suffer from Brown’s loss: they have the incomparable Manning at quarterback, going against a Washington defense that still cannot defend the pass efficiently.
Washington is coming off its most impressive offensive game in 2012, considering that the Cowboys feature a top ten ranked defense. However, Griffin III and his offensive line better beware: the New York Giants’ defense recorded five sacks against the Green Bay Packers Week 12.
The Super Bowl champion Giants defense will be motivated to perform well on the national stage against the dynamic Griffin III. Defensive linemen Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul are definitely looking forward for the opportunity to send Griffin III to the turf in an effort to assert their defensive dominance.
Prediction: This game will be a lot closer than many realize. While New York looked dominant in their victory over Green Bay, they are playing a Redskins’ team eager to prove their worth during their only scheduled primetime appearance in 2012.
Washington wins if Griffin III continues his solid play, and if the Washington secondary can contain Eli Manning. The man nicknamed “RG3” will make enough plays at the quarterback position to lead the Redskins to their third consecutive victory.
Final score: Redskins 28, Giants 23.