Saturday, December 17, 2011

Redskins vs Giants: Gameplan

This week the Redskins travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants in an NFC East rematch. In week one, these two teams squared off at FedEx Field with the Redskins coming out on top 28-14. These two teams have dramatically changed since then. The Redskins come into this game going just 1-8 since the bye week and the Giants are 3-4 since their bye week. There are a few things that the Redskins will need to do if the want to duplicate their week one success. Let's break it down!

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Offense
Surprisingly, the Redskins rank 12th in the NFL in yards passing (237.9). The Giants have the 29th best pass defense (263.7). The Giants also have a rush defense that ranks 22nd in the NFL. As crazy as this might sound, the Redskins have a legitimate chance at winning tomorrow. If Roy Helu Jr and Rex Grossman (left) can repeat their performances that they had against the Patriots, the Redskins will have a great chance at being successful.

The offensive line played well against a good Patriot pass rush. The Giants, however, have a great pass rush. Willie Smith and Tyler Polumbus will have to be rock solid on the edges to protect Rex Grossman.

Special Teams
What?! These are important, too! Brandon Banks is a game changer that hasn't changed very many games this season. The Giants just recently blocked a would-be game winning field goal against the Cowboys. Specials Teams are important. If Brandon Banks gets a few more blocks, he could be off to the races in no time.

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Defense
The Redskins are playing Eli Manning and he is always on his game. The secondary is missing a key piece of the puzzle (LaRon Landry) and another piece (DeAngelo Hall) seems to be more interested in how he looks than how he plays. It will be up to OJ Atogwe and Reed Doughty to hold it down in the secondary. Brian Orakpo (right) and Ryan Kerrigan will need to pin their ears back like they did week one and get after Manning in order to help out a less than impressive secondary.

Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw are the staples of this Giant offense. Rocky McIntosh and London Fletcher are going to have bring it all when they go to tackle these two. They run low and hard and hit like tanks.

Conclusion
The offensive line for the Redskins will have to step up and slow down the Giant (no pun intended...?) front seven. This line is full of players that have been just thrown to the wolves. It is now time to see how they respond after getting a full week of practice together.

Prediction
I think the Redskins put up another good fight: Redskins: 27, Giants: 23.