On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, the Washington Redskins will host the New York Giants at 8:30 pm eastern time on NBC. Both teams will suffer a “short week” to get ready to play the game. The Redskins must prepare as hard for the Giants as they would any other team. The Giants are high after beating the mighty Kansas City Chiefs in a defensive struggle that had to be settled in overtime with a score of 9 to 6. The Philadelphia Eagles are now respected as one of the best teams in the NFC and when the Giants played the Eagles, the game went into overtime.
Like the Redskins, the Giants have some key players on injured reserve (IR). We fans will not get to see battling between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. because Beckham is on the Giants IR. What our Redskins players and coaches need to do is focus on the Giants and not the heartbreaking overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. Their attitude will determine their altitude, so as New Yorkers say often, “forget about it!” The Redskins must win their last 6 games or forget about making the playoffs.
The Saints were the only team I was concerned about with the last seven games to play. Look at the schedule and the last six games are winnable if the Redskins do not continue to beat themselves with mistakes. Our offense scored on the Seattle Seahawks defense. Our offense scored 30 points on the Vikings Defense. Our offense scored 31 points against the Saints. We can beat all the teams left on our schedule. The Redskins are not mathematically eliminated and despite the many injuries, our team can still win all six games left.
I see light at the end of the tunnel since wide receiver Josh Doctson is finally rising up along with the powerful running of Samaje Perine. The return of guard Brandon Scherff and center Spencer Long with all-pro Trent Williams playing with pain has our offensive line getting stronger. Assistant head coach and offensive line guru Bill Callahan has Chase Roullier ready to fill in as well as versatile Tyler Catalina. Standing at 6’6″ tall and weighing 325 pounds, Catalina can play guard and tackle positions and can even be used as a tight end in jumbo packages when the situation dictates.
My prediction is the Redskins will “forget about it” and focus on the New York Giants to beat them like they stole something. I see the Redskins offense scoring another 30+ points with RB Samaje Perine rushing for over 100 yards. The Redskins win by the score 31-17.
So when it comes to the loss to the Saints, “forget about it!” Eat some delicious food, give thanks and reflect on our blessings as we enjoy spending Thanksgiving with family and friends including watching Thursday Night Football. We’ll watch our Redskins defeat the Giants. It’s time for the Redskins to beat the Giants and win the remaining games on their schedule. HAIL to the Redskins!
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