NRG Energy Pre-Game Report – Redskins vs Giants Week 4
Where: FedEx Field: Landover, Maryland
When: 8:25 PM ET, September 25, 2014
Betting Lines Brought to You by Bodog: Redskins (-4)
Live Radio Broadcast; ESPN 980: Chris Cooley, Sonny Jurgensen and Larry Michaels
Watch Online: NFL Game Rewind
SERIES HISTORY: (via redskins.com)
– Giants lead overall series, 95-65-4
– Giants lead regular season series, 94-64-4
– Last meeting: Dec. 29, 2013 (20-6, NYG)
– Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
– Phil Simms (color)
– Tracy Wolfson (sidelines)
What to expect:
The Washington Redskins (1-2) will play host to the New York Giants (1-2) on Thursday. This NFC East rivalry game is as close to a “must-win” game as one can get this early in the season for both teams as the loser will find themselves at 1-3 and in last place. For the Redskins a loss would mean they would be 0-2 in the division early in the season. That’s a hole nobody wants to see.
On offense, the Redskins will look to establish the run game early on. The Giants’ strong point on defense is in their secondary without doubt. The talent and speed the Giants have on the second level may in fact be enough to throttle the Redskins top 5 ranked pass offense. The Redskins will have to make the under routes work for them in this game. A big day could be in the works for tight end Niles Paul as the Giants will likely concentrate on Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will look to build on his big day in Philly last week against a team that is much better defensively.
On defense the Redskins will have to depend on second-year corner David Amerson and rookie Bashaud Breeland to stop Victor Cruz and company. One of the most important keys to this game for Washington will be if they have the ability to put pressure on Eli Manning. Manning has a reputation of committing costly turnovers when he is pressured successfully. The Redskins currently have the third-ranked defense in the league and have recorded 11 sacks thus far this year.