coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
On 11/26/2013 09:03 AM in NFL

New York Giants at Washington Redskins: Preview and Pick

New York Giants at Washington Redskins: Preview and Pick

The Sunday night football game is a matchup of two rivals that love to meet on the football field in meaningful games. Unfortunately this time around the game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins has little meaning when it comes to the playoff picture. Both teams are all but eliminated from the playoff race and have had very difficult seasons up to this point. Ultimately this game will come down to pride and who wants it more.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins Odds

The opening NFL point spread for this game have the Giants listed as (-2) point favorites although they lost to the Dallas Cowboys a week ago. Over 74 percent of the betting public is putting in wagers on Big Blue as they have given up on the Redskins who were embarrassed on Monday Night Football. Despite the public move on the Giants the line has actually dropped and it can now be found at (-1.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

If the Giants want to win they need to improve their passing game. Even without Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz was targeted a season-low four times Sunday. Cruz had been targeted four or fewer times in four games prior to Sunday, three of which were within his first six career games. In fact both teams have problems in their passing game.

Robert Griffin III now has an interception in 9 of the Redskins 11 games this season. His 11 interceptions this season is more than he accumulated in any season at Baylor University. That caused the offense to struggle. The Redskins gained just 30 yards in the 2nd half, the fewest by any team in the 2nd half of a game this season.

The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that the Giants have more wagering angles in their favor. The Giants are 39-17-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 58 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against the NFC, and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 13. The Redskins are 13-29-3 ATS when playing against a team with a losing record, 8-19-6 ATS in their last 33 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game and 5-19-2 ATS in their last 26 home games when playing a team with a losing road record.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins Pick

With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/27/2013 12:43 PM

Washington Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen will miss the remainder of the season with what is believed to be cartilage damage that will require microfracture surgery to repair, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

Bowen tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late last month, and had played through the injury. He further injured his knee in last week’s game at Philadelphia and missed three days of practice leading up to Washington’s game against San Francisco.

Shanahan announced on Monday that Bowen is expected to have exploratory surgery on the knee and that there’s a strong possibility that microfracture surgery will be needed, the coach said.

Shanahan said that Bowen could miss up to six months while recovering from surgery.

On Sunday, Chris Baker started in place of Bowen at right end and recorded three tackles, one for a loss.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/27/2013 12:45 PM

hen the 2013 NFL schedule came out, two matchups between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins over the season's final five weeks looked like they would be critical late-season NFC East contests. Instead, Sunday's first meeting between the two teams turns out to be a meeting between two going nowhere teams who are playing out disappointing seasons.

This is the kind of game that NBC and the NFL created flex scheduling for -- to make sure that the best possible game for a national audience was televised on Sunday Night Football. For whatever reason, however, Giants-Redskins will still be this weeks' Sunday night contest. The network bypassed flip-flopping Giants-Redskins with Sunday's Kansas City-Denver Bronco matchup.

You could say the game between the 4-7 Giants and 3-8 Redskins is critical. The Giants are clinging to the slim hope that five straight season-ending wins, as unlikely as that is, would give them a chance to win the division. More likely, these two contests between New York and Washington will determine something else -- which teams stays out of the NFC East basement.

The Giants open the week as slight favorites, and promise to keep fighting regardless of the circumstances.

"Things are not gonna work out in your favor all the time. That doesn't mean that you hang your head low. You gotta go out there, and you get better. You play football, you play with pride," said Giants' safety Antrel Rolle.

The Redskins? Well, according to most of the coverage coming from the nation's capital they seem to be doing most of their fighting internally.

The parallels between the two teams are interesting, and we will try to draw some of them out in greater detail thoughout the week. Both teams have under-achieved this season. Both have star quarterbacks, the Giants with Eli Manning and the Redskins with Robert Griffin III, who have not played up to expectations. Both have veteran, Super Bowl-winning coaches.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/27/2013 12:48 PM

The New York Giants have announced that starting center Jim Cordle will be placed on season-ending injured reserve with a patella tendon injury. Cordle was replacing veteran David Baas who suffered a season ending knee injury in week 7. Kevin Boothe will take over the quarterback exchanges full-time, with reserve James Brewer inheriting Boothe’s left guard responsibilities.

25-year old practice squad guard Stephen Goodin, an undrafted FA from Nebraska-Kearney, will take Cordle’s spot on the active roster. The injury will hamper the Giants from a depth perspective more than anything else. Cordle posted a -5.4 overall rating in ten active games according to Pro Football Focus, and the Jints ran the ball with great success on Sunday in Boothe’s 34 run blocking snaps.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/27/2013 12:49 PM

After beginning their long climb up the NFC ladder from the depths of their 0-6 start with four straight wins, the New York Giants were robbed of the momentum that they’d worked so hard to build recently, losing Sunday’s divisional showdown with the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 in front of the deflated hometown fans at MetLife Stadium.

Behind a strong performance from Cowboys’ starting quarterback Tony Romo that included a key, 14-play drive late in the fourth quarter and resulted in a 35-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey with no time remaining, Dallas simply outplayed their hosts, improving to 6-5 with the victory while moving into a tie for first-place with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Trailing 14-6 at the half and 21-13 at the end of the third quarter, the Giants pulled even with the Cowboys on Eli Manning’s four-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy, which was followed by Andre Brown’s successful two-point conversion with 4: 45 remaining in the fourth quarter before the visitors answered back with their game-winning drive.

In the two days that have followed Sunday’s disastrous outing, players from both teams have engaged in some post-game trash talk that has done little more than annoy those involved, chief among them is Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin who was quoted Monday as saying “talk is cheap, play the game,” and is clearly unhappy with the comments.

With the loss behind them, the 4-7 Giants are faced with the harsh reality that awaits them for the rest of the regular season, and head into this week’s matchup in Washington desperately needing a late-season miracle of near epic proportions if they have any chance of resurrecting their playoff hopes and becoming the first team in league history to host the Super Bowl.

While their roommates will have the advantage of a somewhat favorable schedule going forward, the Giants aren’t quite as fortunate and play three of their final five games on the road where they have struggled this season with a 1-4 record.

Adding to their already slim chances of a playoff existence this season, two of their final five opponents (Seattle and Detroit), are currently leading their respective divisions, while their Week 14 matchup in San Diego will be against a Charger team that just handed the Kansas City Chiefs their second-straight loss.

Other than those three games, the Giants are also scheduled to face 3-8 Washington this week on the road and again in their season finale at home on December 29th.

If New York does in fact run the table with an 5-0 finish which would give them a 9-7 record, they would still need both Dallas and Philadelphia to do no better than 2-3 over their last five contests which would give them a record of 8-8, and on top of that, would still more than likely need the Arizona Cardinals to lose four of their final five outings of 2013 as well in order to land the NFC’s final playoff spot, making the simplicity of the math almost painful.

As things stand now, the Giants occupy second place in the NFC East with two full games separating themselves and the division-leading Cowboys and Eagles who are currently tied at the top, and have 11 other teams ahead of them in the NFC playoff picture, including the entire NFC West.

New York will attempt to regain their momentum and begin the final push towards the near-impossible this Sunday when they travel to Washington, while Dallas hosts the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, and Philadelphia hosts the Arizona Cardinals.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/28/2013 10:51 AM

Times are tough for the last two champions of the NFC East.

Instead of fighting to reach the postseason, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are battling to avoid last place in the division entering Sunday night's meeting at FedEx Field.

These teams met last December in a prime-time showdown that Washington won 17-16 en route to its first NFC East crown since 1999. New York finished one game back with a 9-7 mark - its eighth straight season with at least a .500 record after capturing the Super Bowl in its previous campaign.

Twelve months later, the mood is very different for both.

"Everybody's got a lot of pride in the NFL regardless of what your record is," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. "Everybody wants to win and I'm sure the Giants feel the same way."

It's unlikely that either of these clubs will catch Dallas and Philadelphia in the East.

New York (4-7) will try to move on after its postseason hopes were dealt a potentially fatal blow in last Sunday's 24-21 home defeat to the Cowboys, who swept both games from the Giants.

"I think that's something that we have to deal with a lot of times in this league," safety Antrel Rolle said. "The pages have been turned. We're already looking forward to playing a game and getting the preparation in for this week."

The Giants will get their first 2013 look at the embattled Robert Griffin III, who is clearly not the same player from a year ago. Griffin rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie but has gained 367 yards on the ground and has yet to reach the end zone after offseason reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

''We had a dual threat. Now that threat is not quite there as strong as it was a year ago,'' Shanahan said. ''But now we go to a different direction. We run play-action, we still run some of the zone-reads."

Making matters worse, Griffin seems to be involved in a controversy every week while also clashing with the demanding Shanahan at times. The quarterback was said to have failed to have taken the complete blame for a late interception in a 24-16 loss to the Eagles on Nov. 17, and then drew attention for having his father visit him in the locker room following Monday night's 27-6 home loss to San Francisco.

Robert Griffin Jr.'s appearance was noteworthy because he has been vocal about his son's role in the Redskins offense, saying in the spring that he wants his son throwing more and running less. It came after RG3 threw for a season-low 118 yards while he was sacked a career-worst six times.

''Yeah, I was a little shocked that he was there, but he meant no harm,'' Griffin said. ''And anybody out there that's going after my dad needs to back up. That is my father. I will protect my family. He served 21 years in the military - I know that's not an excuse for anything that he does - but he's not overstepping any bounds, so I hope people respect that and back off.''

Griffin had a 105.9 passer rating against New York in last season's series split. He threw for three scores and ran for 161 yards on 14 attempts.

He may not have to worry much about a once-feared Giants pass rush that has produced 18 sacks for the NFL's second-lowest total ahead of only Jacksonville.

Griffin's Redskins (3-8) were held to a season-low 190 yards of total offense Monday.

Their defense has yielded 37 touchdowns to match Minnesota for the league's highest total but could be buoyed by an injury-plagued Giants' unit coming to town.

New York lost center Jim Cordle for the season and will field a new starting combination on the line in front of quarterback Eli Manning for the sixth time. Kevin Boothe moves to center while third-year pro James Brewer will take over for Boothe at left guard.

Manning is enduring a horrific season with a 72.5 passer rating - his worst since his rookie year. The Giants have committed a league-high 30 turnovers, including 17 interceptions by the two-time Super Bowl MVP.

The Giants have also started six different running backs.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed last Sunday's game with an abdominal injury, returned to practice Wednesday. He has failed to reach the end zone this year while Victor Cruz has gone a career-worst seven games in a row without scoring.

One Washington player enjoying a strong year is Alfred Morris, third in the NFL with 970 rushing yards. Morris had 224 yards on the ground last season as a rookie versus New York.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/29/2013 03:26 PM

The New York Giants will be without their best pass rusher Sunday night when they face the Washington Redskins.

Jason Pierre-Paul has been ruled out of the NFC East machup with a shoulder injury, the team announced Friday.

The announcement continues an injury-plagued season for the dynamic pass rusher, who missed the entire week of practice.

It's not a shock to see JPP ruled out. The Giants (4-7) have all but been eliminated from playoff contention and the risk of further damage to the shoulder is outweighed by the positives of playing.

The Giants also might want to get a more extended look at linemen Damontre Moore and Markus Kuhn, as they evaluate the future of their roster.

Running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride and Corey Webster were also ruled out.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is listed as probable to play after missing last week's loss.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/29/2013 03:28 PM

There are few things that the 3-8 Redskins were thankful for this Thanksgiving, but one of those is their membership in the NFC East.

The quartet, which I have been calling the NFC Least all season, is the NFL’s second-worst with a combined record of four games under .500. The AFC South is worse, but its first-place team, Indianapolis (7-4) has a better record than NFC Least leader Dallas (7-5) which means that Washington would be further from the top in hat division.

If the Redskins lose their fourth straight game on Sunday night to the visiting New York Giants, they’ll be eliminated from the playoff race. A defeat would also ensure Washington’s fourth losing season during the last five years.

The Redskins have managed to be so lousy even though their division hasn’t been very good during that span. After winning eight of the 14 Super Bowls from 1982-95, NFC East teams have only captured two titles since. This month, the NFC Least will likely extend its string of seasons without a wild card qualifier to four which will be the longest drought among the eight divisions assuming that Denver (9-2) and Kansas City (9-2) both reach postseason from the AFC West.

The Giants’ four victories en route to their surprising Super Bowl championship in 2011 were the NFC Least’s only postseason triumphs over the past four seasons excluding the “somebody has to win” Cowboys-Eagles matchup in 2009.

Speaking of the Giants, NBC decided to keep their game with the Redskins in prime time on Sunday because of the size of the franchises’ markets and the faithfulness of their fan bases. It sure wasn’t the quality of the teams. Add New York’s 4-7 mark to Washington’s 3-8 and you have the worst matchup of the long-time rivals since they squared off in December 1995 at Giants Stadium with respective 4-9 records.

The Redskins and Giants will likely both finish under .500 in the same season for the first time since 2004 – 1980, 1995 and 2003 were the only other such campaigns during their current 46-year run as division rivals — when then-first year coach Tom Coughlin and then-rookie quarterback Eli Manning were beginning what has become a decade-long partnership in the Meadowlands.

Like Washington coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III, who teamed to win the NFC Least in the latter’s rookie year of 2012, Coughlin and Manning conquered the division in the latter’s first full season as a starter after he had backed up veteran Kurt Warner during the first nine games of 2004. However, Coughlin and Manning didn’t win a playoff game until they had worked together for four years.

The Giants, who were just four games over .500 during the first three and a half years of the Coughlin-Manning tandem, went 4-0 during that 2007 postseason to capture New York’s first Super Bowl in 27 seasons. Manning’s passer rating, a shaky 73.3 during those four years, rose to a fine 95.7 during the 2007 playoffs.

Unlike No.1 overall pick Manning, No. 2 overall selection Griffin was a star from the start. He set NFL rookie quarterback records with a 102.4 passer rating and 815 rushing yards while turning the laggard Redskins into division champions for the first time in 13 years.

This season has been very different for Griffin, who had knee surgery not quite 11 months ago after being injured during the loss in the playoff opener to Seattle. Griffin’s passer rating has tumbled to 81.9. His 11 interceptions are more than twice as many as he threw in 15 starts in 2012 and he has only run for 367 yards. And the Redskins have already lost two more games than they did during all of last season.

One of the few quarterbacks having a worse year than Griffin is Manning, who leads the NFC with 17 interceptions and has a rating of just 72.5, worse than any starter with more than two years in the NFL.

“Each season, each game and each play brings new challenges,” Manning said. “You have ups and downs and you’ve got to fight through the tough times. [I] just make sure I keep doing the right things and my preparation is good and I try and make the right decisions.”

The 32-year-old Manning isn’t under fire even in the media fishbowl that is New York because he has led the Giants to six winning seasons, five playoff berths and those two Super Bowl victories. But he can relate to the sophomore slump of Griffin, who’s nine years younger.

“Nowadays, people … expect things to happen quickly, and especially if you kind of can get off to a great start, it’s automatically assumed things will be just as good if not better and better and better,” Manning said. “And sometimes it’s not that easy. It’s not always exactly what you’re doing, but the things around you and circumstances change and sometimes you catch great breaks and sometimes you don’t catch many. That’s just football. It’s never easy. Every victory is earned and there [are] always going to be some tough times.”

Even when, like Griffin, you’re a very intelligent, world-class athlete playing quarterback in the NFC Least.

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coleryan Posts:11990 Followers:20
11/30/2013 05:54 PM

Thanksgiving weekend will end without Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle). Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) is probable, though.

Tight end Niles Paul (illness), tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) and running back Darrel Young (hamstring) are all questionable for the Redskins.

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