The Washington Redskins coaches and players should not take this game as an easy “W.” The New York Giants have lost games by just a few points. The Los Angeles Chargers only beat them by 5 points. The Philadelphia Eagles were lucky to beat the Giants and had to do it in overtime their first game. In the second game, the Eagles only won by 5 points. Our Redskins had a tough win against the Giants in the first game against them, which was a defensive struggle. Most agree the Kansas City Chiefs are a good team and the Giants beat them 12 to 9. The Chiefs could only manage 3 field goals against the tough Giants defense. The last point to make is this may be Eli Manning’s last game as quarterback of the New York Giants, so he will want to have a good game. This is also an NFC East division game.
This game could very possibly the last time we see quarterback Kirk Cousins in a Washington Redskins uniform. He said he will make a statement on January 5th but now he is just focused on beating the New York Giants and ending the season on a positive note.
We need to check the injury report before the game to even have a clue who will be playing in the game. It is understood our best linebacker Zach Brown will miss the game and left tackle Trent Williams is done for the season. As of this writing, there are 15 players on Injured Reserve (IR). Of those 15, four are offensive linemen, three who started in the first game of the 2017 season. They are center Spencer Long, left tackle Trent Williams and left guard Shawn Lauvao. Right tackle Morgan Moses is playing hurt and doing the best he can with ankle issues.
I still believe our Washington Redskins will go on the road and beat the New York Giants if they take care of the football and the patched-up offensive line can protect quarterback Kirk Cousins. I would like to see rookies Jeremy Sprinkle, tight end, in the red zone offense since he is 6’5″ tall and tackle-guard Tyler Catalina play on the offensive line since he is healthy and 325 lbs. of run blocking power.
The weather forecast is a high of 20 degrees which will feel like 7 degrees due to the 13-15 mph northwest wind. This means a cold hard football to throw and catch. The Redskins need to run the ball at least 25 times and win the time-of-possession. Our defense that has played exceptionally well the last two games will need to get some turnovers and pressure quarterback Eli Manning for 60 minutes.
My prediction is the Washington Redskins win and sweep the New York Giants in a defensive battle 24 to 17.
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