|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL In a true battle of the NFC East, the third place Washington Redskins host the second place New York Giants. They have 5-6-0 and 7-4-0 records consecutively. The Giants are coming off a home win vs. the Jaguars Thanksgiving weekend, while the Redskins are coming off a home loss vs. the Vikings last week. The Washington Redskins will travel to Jersey to take on a New York Giants team that needs to win in order to remain in decent standings for the NFC Wildcard and NFC East race.
The biggest thing to educate yourself on is the Giants injury scenario. Nicks is out for with a leg injury, and his absence almost cost the Giants against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only that, but Steve Smith may also be a week away from returning.
Eli Manning is trying to win with receivers who weren't on the roster to begin the season, guys like Derek Hagan. Nicks is a huge loss to the Giants as teams can focus more on their rushing offense.
The Giants have a history of collapsing in the second half of seasons. Even in their Super Bowl season, they weren't entering the playoffs on a hot streak. The Giants started 2009 at 5-0 before ending the year 8-8 with massive losses to the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings. They started 6-2 in 2010 before losing games to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. They narrowly escaped with a home victory against the Jaguars last week. Injuries and results are suggesting that the second half isn't off to a good start.
The Redskins are the NFL's worst statistical defense. The Giants are the third best offense. That offensive ranking is skewed for this game because of the receiver injuries. The Redskins defense is skewed because of their abysmal performance against Michael Vick. Still, the Giants offense could cause some problems for the Redskins defense.
Donovan McNabb has a 10-6 career regular season record against the New York Giants. However, his performance has floundered this season without an effective rushing game and a stable core of receivers.
The biggest factor of this game could be turnovers.
Eli Manning has thrown an uncharacteristic amount of interceptions this season. Combined with Ahmad Bradshaw's ball insecurity, and the Giants have a turnover ratio of -6.
The top eight teams in turnover ratio all have 7+ wins. The Redskins are ninth at +5, the only thing keeping them within the .500 mark. At -6, the Giants match-up poorly with the Redskins ability to create takeaways.
The Redskins are 3-2 on the road in comparison to 2-4 at home. The Redskins have beaten quality opponents on the road this season (Titans, Eagles, and Bears). In contrast, the Giants have recently suffered some poor home performances, with a throttling from the Cowboys and a near-miss against the Jaguars.
The Giants pass rush is amongst the NFL's leaders in sacks. At the same time, the Redskins offense has allowed 32 sacks, fifth most in the NFL. The Redskins and Giants have one of the NFL's most storied and longest rivalries. NFC East rivalries often don't go as planned.
The Giants have won the past four outings, including a 45-12 debacle at Washington in Week 15 of the 2009 season. The Giants are the minus 7 point favorites with the total over under listed in Sportsbook as 43.5.