Will the New York Giants defeat the Washington Redskins on Sunday? Here is what your Big Blue View staff members think.
Alex Sinclair (10-0)
I'm reluctantly picking the Giants this week. This is the least sure of myself I have been all season. The New York offensive line is a mess. There isn't a single player in that unit that I trust on Sunday. Ereck Flowers has shown flashes, but he still has rookie struggles, and there is Geoff Schwartz, but his ankle is a problem. The other three? Yeesh.
All that said, this is a high pressure game. I am never going to pick Kirk Cousins over Eli Manning when it comes to handling the spotlight. We have seen Manning's ability to flourish in a quick-passing offense. This will be on the extreme end of that spectrum. Both teams know how important this is for the division. The Giants need it to take command, while Washington need it just to stay alive. Give me Tom Coughlin's boys in a crunch-time thriller.
Final score: Giants 27, Washington 24
Chris Pflum (5-5)
Who's going to win this game? Which Giants team is going to show up? Tell me that and I'll tell you who is going to win. If the Giants team that played the Patriots to the closing seconds show up, then the Giants make a statement win. If not, then this game is up in the air.
There are a few trends working in the Giants' favor: They are unbeaten coming out of the bye week the past 5 years, they are 5-0 against Washington the past 3 seasons, Kirk Cousins has thrown 8 interceptions on his 3 games against New York, and Prince Amukamara is coming back. Everything seems to be lining up for the Giants to (FINALLY) take control of the division.
But on the other hand, this team has proven that they are nothing if not inconsistent. And missing both Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg will be a hit to the offense.
Ultimately, I think the Giants win. I'm not going out on the limb of saying that they make a statement win, though they certainly could. But I think the will look like a young team that has figured a few things out over their bye week, and build off of what they did well against New England.
Final score: Giants 28, Redskins 21
Jesse Bartolis (7-3)
Just looking at the matchups I think the right side here is the Giants. The Redskins are not a good team, but they are gritty and can give more fineesee team problems, but they just don't match up well with the Giants. The Giants really need this game and have owned the Redskins. The Giants should be able to move the ball on the Redskins who haven't really generated enough pass rush this year and who can't stop the run. On the other side of the ball the Redskins give the ball away way too much and the Giants are one of the league's best teams at taking it away.
Now of course the Redskins to have Giant killer DeSean Jackson who is always good for a big play or two against the Giants. Jordan Reed is also the kind of player who absolutely destroys the Giants There are plenty of reasons the Redskins can win this game -- chiefly the Giants just can't get out of their own way and it would be very Giants-like for them to lay a clunker here I just don't think they will.
Pick: Giants (no score provided)
Mike Gallop (7-3)
The NFC East is suddenly competing with the AFC South for the worst division in the NFL. Thanksgiving certainly helped that cause, and I am very grateful for the Lions and Panthers demolition of the Beagles and the Pokes. The Redskins have have been playing of late, but they still field a bottom five secondary, which should mean a big day for Eli and company. The O-line is definitely a concern, and getting the ball out quick should be priority No.1.
Ultimately, I think we come out of DC with a win, and a two game cushion in the NFC Least.
Final score: Giants 28, Redskins 21
Keane Macadaeg (6-4)
The Giants have a mediocre record but look like the best team in the NFL. No matter how bad the Giants can be, as long as Eli Manning is against divisional opponents by the likes of Kirk Cousins, Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel then the Giants should be favored every time. The Redskins haven't been as bad as projected but it's honestly tough to ever be fearful of that team. They are tied with the Giants in points allowed at a rate of 25 points a game but the Giants at least sport a top five offense whereas the Kirk Cousins led Redskins are 19th in the league in points.
The troubling aspect is the offensive line for the Giants as two of their top lineman will be hurt. And while the Giants will surely miss Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, they shouldn't miss too much of a beat in terms of pass protection. The run blocking will look like it is 2013 and 2014 again but for one game, I'm not too sure it will be an Achilles' heel for the Giants.
The passing game should post great numbers this week as it will be the healthiest it will be all year. Reuben Randle has mentioned that he believes that his knee tendinitis issues that has plagued him all year will be alleviated after the bye week where more rest can only help Odell Beckham Jr. hamstrings which has caused him to miss practice time several times this season. I expect Eli Manning and his wide receiver corp to move the ball at will which will only put more pressure on Kirk Cousins. I can't see this Giants team losing after playing a Patriots team so well but stranger things have happened.
Final score: Giants 27, Redskins 17
Stephen Milewski (8-2)
Given that the Dallas Cowboys will now be without Tony Romo for the rest of the season and the Philadelphia Eagles are spiraling downward right before our eyes, the division is now pretty much between the Giants and Washington Redskins. If Big Blue can pull out a victory Sunday, they'll have a 2-game lead over Washington, along with the tiebreaker, essentially making it a three-game lead. I don't think the Redskins are consistent enough to make a run for the playoffs if they are put in that situation.
That is why I think this is a "must win" game for the Giants. While Big Blue does control its own destiny, New York can attain a much more comfortable lead in the NFC East with a win this weekend. One thing I worry about is that the Redskins are a completely different team at home due to starting quarterback Kirk Cousins performing on another level at FedEx Field.
However, Cousins can also be turnover prone and sloppy, like this past weekend against Carolina, which leads into my X-Factor of this game -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The cornerback has been superb this year and the Giants will need another strong effort from him to lock down DeSean Jackson, who has notably torched New York in the past. If he continues to play at a high level this Sunday, it will help the defense tremendously in a tough environment and propel Big Blue to victory.
Final Score: Giants 34, Redskins 28
Valentine's View (7-3)
As I told Hogs Haven earlier in the week, this game makes me nervous. The Giants are the better team, in my opinion. They have beaten Washington five straight times, often convincingly. Eli Manning is far superior to Kirk Cousins. I will take Tom Coughlin over Jay Gruden any day of the week. Still, all streaks end some time and you just never know. The Redskins have played better than many thought they could this season.
In the end, though, I think the Giants prevail. I doubt it will be easy, because nothing ever seems to be with the Giants. The division seems gift-wrapped for them, though, and I think Sunday they step up and accept the gift.
Final score: Giants 30, Redskins 24
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