The Washington Redskins (4-2, 1-0) will be on the road on Sunday as they travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on the struggling and depleted New York Giants who sit at (1-6, 0-2) to begin the season. However, don’t be fooled by the Giants stuttering start.
Washington sits two games ahead of the defending champs, Philadelphia Eagles (3-4, 1-0) and Dallas Cowboys who are also (3-4, 1-1). Many will say this is a trap game for the Skins and rightfully so.
Giants own Redskins
Over the past few years the Giants have had Washington’s number. From 2000-2009 the Giants went 14-6 against the Skins with two two-game win streaks and from 2008-2010, the Giants didn’t lose a game. That’s right, six wins in a row.
Taking on that “thorn in Washington side” role, New York started the early 2010’s with a season sweep, helping compile the total six-game win streak mentioned earlier.
From 2010-2017, Washington only has six wins against the Giants. New York has 10 wins. So, from 2000-2017, the Giants are a thumping 24-10 that has put the Skins on life support numerous times.
Trap game … for sure.
Washington’s last win against the G-Men came last year on November 23, where the Skins won 20-10. In the two teams last meeting on December 31, Eli Manning and the Giants won by eight, 18-10 … New York finished with just three wins.
With Eli Apple and “Snacks” Harrison both being traded this past week, Apple to New Orleans and Harrison to the Lions, the Redskins should give Adrian Peterson the pigskin a lot on Sunday.
After rushing for 99 yards against Dallas, Peterson is now 25 yards away from passing Tony Dorsett for 9th on the NFL all-time list. In Peterson’s last two games he’s rushed for 97 and 99 respectfully.
Peterson “embodies” what the Redskins want to be about. “Not always as an offense but as a team,” Redskins quartback Alex Smith told John Keim of ESPN. “Physical, relentless. That’s what we want to be about, play with that kind of edge all the time.”
Big, bulky, hulkster like, physical and relentless are all words you can use to describe Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
Although he’s a rookie in the NFL, the veteran Peterson gave Barkley tons of praise to the media. “Great patience, his lower-body strength and balance is amazing. He flows.” It’s true, Barkley has shown exactly why he’s the Giants top pick in this years NFL Draft.
Barkley has scored a touchdown in five of the seven games he’s played in for the G-Men. In each game he’s scored a rushing touchdown, he’s put up 130 yards, 106 yards, 82 yards, 44 yards and 43 yards. Not super flashy numbers but it gets the job done for the rookie.
In order for the Redskins to get rid of this painful thorn in their side, they need to not only win this game but dominate it. From start to finish.
Skins offense needs to block for Alex Smith. Peterson needs to digest the Giants defense. Receivers need to find separation and the defense just needs to be like a flock of wolves going after their prey.
If those things can be done, then Washington gets the win. If not, you can turn the television off early because you won’t be happy watching the game unless you’re drunk and don’t realize what is happening.
If you’re a skeptical person then good thing you’ve made it this far.
Read this slowly; bold prediction — Smith and the receiving core will have a breakout game on Sunday as they take control early and often giving the edge to the Skins, 33-14.