The final time the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins met within the common season, issues have been rather a lot totally different.
When that recreation befell in Week 8, the Giants have been reeling and their NFC East opponents have been hovering.
However because the Giants’ 20-13 loss to the Redskins, a lot has modified.
Washington has been rocked by accidents that claimed two quarterbacks — Alex Smith and Colt McCoy — to damaged legs. Offensive linemen Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio and Shawn Lauvao and receiver Paul Richardson are out with season-ending accidents as properly.
The accidents have taken their toll. The Redskins have misplaced 4 of their final 5 video games, with three of these 4 losses being by at the very least two scores.
“They will make choices how they will transfer ahead with the gamers that they’ve in there,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned.
After Smith’s harm, the Redskins introduced in Mark Sanchez to again up McCoy. Sanchez all of a sudden discovered himself on the sphere on Monday night time when McCoy went down in Washington’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“In some methods, two weeks in the past, it was an unfamiliar place, however actually traditionally, it is a acquainted place and that is what makes it enjoyable,” Sanchez mentioned. “You’re employed for one thing, you pray for one thing after which it lastly occurs. You do not care what the circumstances are. You are simply pleased to get a shot. To not show something to anyone else, however only for you, only for you, only for the blokes I simply met that I’ve grown near in only a few days.”
Shurmur mentioned he is conversant in what Sanchez can do after teaching him with the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I used to be with Mark Sanchez for greater than a yr, so he is very able to main a group to victory,” Shurmur mentioned. “They’ll attempt to do what Mark can do greatest and attempt to play to the strengths of their group. I do know they have in all probability a soon-to-be Corridor of Fame working again (Adrian Peterson), so you’ll be able to simply join the dots and see what they will in all probability do on offense to compensate for a few of the accidents they’ve.”
Washington’s accidents have not hit the protection as laborious. The Giants hope to use Washington’s run protection, which in its final 5 video games has allowed opponents a median of 134.four dashing yards per recreation after permitting simply 80.1 of their first seven video games.
Giants rookie working again Saquon Barkley rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries within the first assembly between the groups, his second lowest yardage complete of the season. However since then a revamped offensive line helped Barkley rush for 100 yards in three of his final 4 video games.
“Simply attempt to get some beauty, and we’ll see how they play — whether or not they’ll need to get the safeties within the field or play slightly bit extra two-high (protection), and form of shield their secondary,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning mentioned of attempting to assault Washington’s protection.
“We simply bought to have a great mixture of the run, the play-action. Simply get completions, transfer the ball, and keep out of third-and-long.”
The Giants are trending in the other way from the Redskins, having gained three of 4 video games since that first assembly and narrowly lacking a fourth win.
Whereas they’ve had some accidents right here and there, they have not been bitten as laborious as their NFC East Division opponents.
Manning has a career-best completion share of 67.9, and a stabilized offensive line that gave up 31 sacks within the first eight video games has helped him.
Within the final 4 video games, Manning has gone 81 of 121 for 886 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
“I am keen on the whole lot that Eli brings to the desk,” Shurmur mentioned when requested about Manning’s future with the group. “I am keen on who he’s as an individual. I get an opportunity to see him behind the scenes, and I see how laborious he works. And I understand how laborious he desires to win. However it doesn’t matter what the expertise stage of the quarterback is, the group round him has to play properly too.”
The Redskins want a win in opposition to the Giants to maintain tempo within the NFL East race.
“We all know what’s at stake. We perceive that this division is basically up for grabs, so these subsequent few video games, particularly the divisional video games, carry numerous weight,” Sanchez mentioned. “Our focus and our power is about enjoying in opposition to the Giants. We moved on from that final one and now we’ll get an opportunity to get some reps and be able to play.”