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Giants' matchup with the Redskins has a playoff feel

By Jonathan Solomon

This Sunday afternoon at Giants Stadium, the NFC East will be front and center when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants renew their storied rivalry. And as opposed to recent years past, this meeting will have direct complications on the future playoff picture, as both teams are 4-2 and involved in a three-way division tie with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins have been, arguably, the best team in the NFC this season. The Giants are coming off an emotional week which began with a come-from-behind victory over the Broncos and then took a wild turn when beloved co-owner Wellington Mara passed away.

The New York Giants will be playing with more emotion then usual, just two days after paying their respects to Mr. Mara. Eli Manning is fresh off of another 4th quarter win and has as much confidence as anyone. Amani Toomer is expected to have an increased role in the offense after having a direct impact in the second half versus the Broncos. They will be playing against the best defense in the NFL and will have to use all of their weapons to succeed.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Redskins is the resurgence of quarterback Mark Brunell, who is having an outstanding season. He’s passed for nearly 1500 yards with 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions. His favorite target, Santana Moss has not lost a step since being dealt to Washington in the off-season. He already has 743 receiving yards and five scores. Clinton Portis has regained his Denver-like form, rushing for 544 yards with 3 scores and a 90 yard average.

The biggest factor for the Giants will be how their defense plays against the ‘Skins offense. Big Blue has the second worst ranked defense in the league, thanks to a pass defense, which allows a lot of yards. They won’t be able to allow players like Moss and Portis to run wild early or their offense will have a tough time catching up. Look for Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce to play with a passion this week, against his former team.

LB Carlos Emmons’ injury has been diagnosed as a slight pectoral muscle tear, which will not end his season. It’s unknown whether or not he’ll be ready to play this week but he has felt better. LB Barrett Green has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Since signing as a free agent prior to last season, Green has not played up to his contract. CB Will Peterson is out for this game. WR Plaxico Burress (shoulder) and David Tyree (elbow) are listed as questionable and there availability for Sunday will be known at game time. The Redskins aren’t missing any significant players this week.

The next month will be as important to the New York Giants season as any. After Sunday’s division game, the next two weeks are made up of a trip to San Francisco and then home games versus the Vikings and Eagles. Remember, the Giants are undefeated at home while the Redskins are 1-2 on the road. For the first time in years, this rivalry will have a playoff-like feel to it.

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This deserves a bump, if only because someone actually said the Skins have (arguably) been the best team in the NFC so far...lol :cheers:

Is this guy crazy? Brunell is washed up, Moss is a little short guy that can't compete in a tall mans game. Double Bump :laugh: :laugh: :notworthy :wave:

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