NFC East Preview: Giants at Redskins Game of the Year in Division

By Timothy Crouse
November 29, 2012 3:38 pm
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Eli Manning The NFC East is front and center in Week 13 of the NFL; whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen.

Teams from the East division – which has the fewest wins of any division in the NFC and the second-fewest wins of any division in the league – will square off in the Sunday night NBC game as well as for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

NFC East Division

Week 13

  • Philadelphia (3-8) at Dallas (5-6), Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
  • New York Giants (7-4) at Washington (5-6), Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Here are FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR heading into Week 13:

  • Which Giants team will show up?

Will the New York team we see on Monday night resemble the one that lost to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in back-to-back games, or will it more closely resemble the team that whipped Green Bay last week?

With a chance to essentially wrap up the division – because a win puts the Giants three games up on Washington and at least two games ahead of Dallas with four games remaining – the Redskins have to be prepared for the very best version of the 2012 Giants.

Everything worked in last week’s surprisingly easy win against the Packers, including a near-flawless Eli Manning (3 TDs, 0 turnovers), a potent running game (147 yards, 2 TDs) and a potent defense (2 TOs and 5 sacks to limit the Pack to its lowest point total since Week 17 of the 2010 season).

Stat of the week: The Giants defense has picked off 18 passes, second-most in the league, and has forced 29 TOs overall. New York will face a team in Washington that has turned the ball over itself just 10 times - with four of those TOs coming in one game, the Giants’ last-minute 27-23 win over the ‘Skins in Week 7.

  • Did the Redskins learn anything from the Week 7 loss?

After a back-and-forth game, Washington appeared poised to upset New York at the Meadowlands on Oct. 21. But Eli Manning and Victor Cruz spoiled those plans by hooking up on a 77-yard scoring play with 1:23 remaining in the game.

Had the Redskins held on to win that game, they would have entered Week 8 tied with the Giants at 4-3. Instead, Mike Shanahan’s team lost the next two as well, to drop to 3-6 heading into the bye week. Washington has rebounded to win its past two, but if the ‘Skins miss the postseason, they may look back at that heartbreaking loss to the G-men as the turning point.

Washington’s potent offense, led by rookies Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, showed in Week 7 that it can move the ball against the Giants. What is unclear is if the defense has improved enough to be able to stop Manning, Cruz & Co., especially if the game is close late in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins had their best defensive showing of the year in a Week 11, 31-6, stomping of Philadelphia, holding the Eagles to 257 yards. The D struggled in a 38-31 win against Dallas a week ago, allowing 458 yards (the second-most it has allowed in 2012). 

What Washington did well in both games - and what they'll likely need to do against the Giants to pull off a win - is collect turnovers; the Eagles and the Cowboys coughed up the ball a combined 6 times.


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2 years ago
The key to a Giants victory will be containing RG3. When K Phillips plays, he has the ability to take away everything over the top. The NY pass coverage thrives when it has three safeties on the field, and it's really up to the guys up front to not let Griffin make any big plays with his legs.
2 years ago
I agree with your point - well said.

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