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Looking ahead: Giants vs. Redskins


Early line

Giants by 2½

Like so many NFL games this season, the home field provides the difference in the point spread in this key NFC East encounter. The teams split last year's meetings, with the Giants winning, 20-14, in the Meadowlands and Washington romping, 31-7, at FedEx Field. The latter was the first of two horrible back-to-back games by QB Eli Manning, who is certainly a different player than the one the 'Skins saw Dec. 5. Then again Redskins QB Mark Brunell isn't the same guy the Giants muffled last season at Giants Stadium.

Hot seat

Giants secondary

While it has yielded tons of yardage, the Giants' pass defense has done a good job of limiting the big plays. The longest gain via the pass this season is the 37-yarder Denver's Rod Smith caught from Jake Plummer on Sunday. Enter the Redskins and WR Santana Moss, who has caught three touchdown passes longer than 37 yards this season. Moss is averaging 19.6 yards per catch and is a major reason Brunell has rekindled the down-the-field passing form he demonstrated in all those seasons with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville.

Game plan

The conventional wisdom entering the season was muck it out with the defensively brilliant, but offensively challenged Redskins and hope to come out with a 10-6 win. That's not been the case since the explosive Washington passing attack magically appeared in the final two minutes of the Dallas game. Against the Redskins, you need to score points, something the Giants have been able to do this season. But they cannot wait until the fourth quarter every week before doing it. Getting the offense going early, controlling the ball and keeping Brunell and Moss off the field will be crucial for the Giants to prevail.

- Vinny DiTrani

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The one problem this guy is forgetting is that the Skins are leading the league in Time of Possession. So it will be difficult to keep Burnell and Moss off the field.

Yes, that says it all. How is the 31st ranked D going to keep the team leading the league in TOP off the field. Answer, they aren't . I think the Giants have to punt less than 5 times on Sunday to have any chance at a win. I can't wait.

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