Happy New Year, New York Giants fans! Here is a look at what to watch Sunday when our New York Giants face the Washington Redskins.
1. The Chicago Bears - Green Bay Packers game: Face it, if the Bears don't beat the Packers at the same time the Giants are playing the Redskins nothing else matters. The season is over, and the Giants will head into an off-season that will promise to be tumultuous and bring changes -- regardless of whether or not ownership decides to keep head coach Tom Coughlin.
2. The Giants offensive line: Who will be playing, and where will they be lining up? With Shaun O'Hara not playing the Giants have options on the left side, and Coughlin has not offered any hints on who will start. The other question is, can they get the job done? Coughlin railed about the line getting pushed back last week against Green Bay and not being physical enough. Let's see what happens on Sunday.
3. The play of the secondary: That has been an issue the last five quarters. The other issue is how Perry Fewell will use his corners and safeties. That seems to change on a week-to-week basis and, to be honest, has to be part of the reason for the inconsistent play we have been seeing.
4. The Giants passing game: Without Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks will the Giants scale back a little bit, simplifying what they try and accomplish? Can Eli Manning find open targets? The Giants managed before in this situation, so they know they can do it.
5. The Redskins cheerleaders: Hey, why not? They are worth looking at, and it's your last chance until next season.