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Game Preview: Giants at Redskins


Since the Giants and Redskins have already faced off once this season, we will dispense with the normal Game Preview and give you some insight from around the league on the game this weekend.

From the Sporting News, Paul Schwartz and John Keim have a great look at the matchups and keys to the game for both teams.

  • Kicker Shaun Suisham missed two of his three field-goal attempts from beyond 40 yards in Weeks 1-3 then made nine of his next 10 before missing his past two. "He mis-hit the ball," coach Jim Zorn said of Suisham's 43-yarder that hit the crossbar in Seattle. "If there is a little more wind against him, he might have to drive it a little bit more, but he's very capable of making those."
  • Receiver Santana Moss could be fined by the NFL on Friday after ending a shoving match with Josh Wilson last Sunday by punching the Seahawks' cornerback. "Just got carried away," said Moss, who was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. "(It) really wasn't nothing. Sometimes you get in the heat of the moment and the heat of the moment gets the best of you."
  • In apre-game ceremony, the Redskins will honor the late Sean Tayloras he is inducted into the franchise's Ring of Fame. It will be the first game following the anniversary of Taylor's tragic death at the age of 24, which occurred on Nov. 27 of last year in Miami.
  • The Redskins are 3-3 in home games this season. They have lost two consecutive consecutive home games and three of their last four at FedExField.
  • The Redskins-Giants game will be televised on FOX. Kenny Albert does the play-by-play with color commentary by Daryl Johnson. Tony Siragusa serves as sideline reporter.
  • The Redskins ended their two-game slide last Sunday in Seattle by getting back to the run. After calling just 33 runs in the losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas, coach Jim Zorn had Jason Campbell hand off 41 times against the Seahawks. Washington controlled the ball for a season-high 38:27 as Clinton Portis rushed for 143 yards and moved back into the NFL rushing lead. Considering the potency of the Giants' offense and the battered state of the Redskins' front seven on defense, Zorn will try to play keep-away again on Sunday. Trouble is New York's sixth-ranked run defense is more akin to that of the Steelers (first) and Cowboys (10th) than that of the Seahawks (22nd).
  • The Redskins and Giants have played each other every year since 1932, with the Giants leading the series 86-61-4. The two teams have played each other more than any other team in each club's history. In Washington, the Giants have a 39-37-2 edge in the series.

BY THE NUMBERS: 128 -- Difference in points scored by the Giants (329) and the Redskins (201). New York leads the league in scoring. Washington is 27th.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is the biggest game we've played since I've been here. We can talk about wanting to be a championship team and wanting to be in the playoffs. But if we can't beat one of the better teams at home, then we don't deserve to be there." -- Defensive coordinator Greg Blache on Sunday's game against the 10-1 Giants.

Injuries: Washington Redskins


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Pete Kendall knee 11.27.2008
Anthony Montgomery Achilles 11.27.2008


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andre Carter foot 11.27.2008
Clinton Portis knee/oblique 11.27.2008
Cornelius Griffin shoulder 11.27.2008
Chris Samuels knee 11.27.2008
London Fletcher foot 11.27.2008
Kedric Golston ankle 11.27.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Phillip Daniels knee 7.23.2008
Reed Doughty back 10.14.2008
Alex Buzbee Achilles 7.23.2008

Team Stats - Game Averages

Pts Yrds Pass Rush
Off 18.3 340.8 (14th) 197.1 (21st) 143.7 (3rd)
Def 18.1 272.0 (3rd) 182.7 (4th) 89.3 (7th)