Week 3 of the 2016 season sees the New York Giants renew their rivalry with the Washington Redskins.
The last time these two teams met, the Giants were in control of the division coming out of their Week 11 bye. It was an opportunity to almost certainly put the division on ice, but instead the Giants came out flat and an uninspired performance opened the door for Washington to take control of their destiny.
We’re joined by the folks at Hogs Haven for a look at the 2016 Redskins.
Notable free agent additions: CB Josh Norman, DL Kendall Reyes
Notable free agent departures: QB Robert Griffin III, RB ALfred Morris, DT Terrance Knighton, LB Keenan Robinson, WR Andre Roberts
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: WR Josh Doctson, S/LB Su’a Cravens, CB Kendall Fuller
Biggest offseason addition: It would be hard not to call the acquisition of an All-Pro CB our biggest addition of the offseason, especially when the secondary has been one of the biggest weaknesses of this Redskins team over the last few seasons. The importance of the insertion of Josh Norman into this defense can not be understated.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: Will Kirk Cousins play on the franchise tag, and more importantly, will he take a step forward from his meteoric finish to the 2015 campaign? He threw for 23 touchdowns and three interceptions over the last ten games of the season last year en route to both the playoffs and a firm grasp on the locker room. If he continues evolving from there, Washington can call itself a true contender.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: What is our safety position going to look like? DeAngelo Hall returns as likely the most certain member of our starting safety duo, which doesn’t exactly inspire fear in opposing passing offenses. David Bruton and Duke Ihenacho will certainly factor heavily in the training camp battle to fill out the backside of our defense, but all eyes will be on rookie Su’a Cravens, the hybrid safety/linebacker. If he is able to log meaningful minutes at the strong safety position and make the kinds of plays our coaches feel confident he can make, this secondary could be exponentially better than it has been for years.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: Junior Galette continues to heal from his Achilles injury suffered in August 2015, and all reports seem to lean toward an impressive recovery. Should he regain his pass-rushing form from two seasons ago, it would be the equivalent of adding a top free agent from our own roster. First-round draft pick Josh Doctson is also being held out of a lot of workouts so far to allow a tender Achilles to heal fully before training camp.
Giants 2016 regular season schedule
Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys, Sept. 11, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 3: vs. Washington Redskins, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 4: at Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 5: at Green Bay Packers, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams (London), Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. (NFL Network)
Week 8: BYE WEEK
Week 9: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 6, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 10: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 12: at Cleveland Browns, Nov. 27, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 13: at Pittsburgh Steelers, Dec. 4, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 16: at Philadelphia Eagles, Dec. 22, 8:25 (NBC/NFL Network)
Week 17: at Washington Redskins, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins, Fri., Aug. 12, 7 p.m.
Week 2: at Buffalo Bills, Sat., Aug. 20 (TBA)
Week 3: at New York Jets, Sat., Aug 27, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: vs. New England Patriots, Thurs., Sept. 1, 7 p.m.