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Bold Predictions: Redskins vs. Giants

Bold Predictions: Redskins vs. Giants

Haynesworth is a physical presence

This one will not be for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach or the wobbly-kneed. Hide the women and children. Probably not a bad idea to put away small dogs, too. Multiple collisions resembling car wrecks—and I'm talking a pair of SUV's here, not, say, a VW and a Prius—will be taking place on every snap of the ball.

It's a gonna be a real slobber knocker.

(Hopefully, we will stay away from any bodies being mangled as badly as the clichés above.)

The Washington Redskins and Giants will face off in their final meeting in Giants Stadium, a building that nobody associated with the Redskins will miss. For the most part it's been a house of horrors for Washington. Even on the infrequent occasions when the wind hasn't been swirling, wreaking havoc with punts, passes, and kicks, the Redskins generally fall behind early and can't quite muster a sufficient comeback.

Take last year's 16-7 loss in East Rutherford. The Giants rolled down the field on their opening possession and scored a touchdown. They rolled downfield three more times and they were up 16-0 before the Redskins offense could get untracked. The final was respectable but one got the feeling that the Giants could have put their foot on the gas and scored again had the Redskins made it a one-score game.

I could recount more, going back through both Gibbs eras, but I don't need to. And, when you boil it down, the building really has little to do with it. The Giants have won most of those games because they were the more physical team, often by a wide margin.

The Giants are physical because that's their identity. And physical teams give the Redskins trouble.

Will things be any different on Sunday?

It could be. The Redskins have added a massive physical presence right in the middle in Albert Haynesworth. He should prevent Brandon Jacobs from finding a path into the secondary to posterize a LaRon Landry again. Haynesworth is the highest paid defensive player in the league because his presence is supposed to have ripple effects through the defense.

But, unfortunately, Haynesworth plays on just one side of the ball and, as discussed here earlier, the New York defensive line is loaded and the Redskins O-line is likely to struggle on Sunday. It's hard to scheme around such a disadvantage and it will take all of Jim Zorn's offensive creativity to muster a few productive drives.

Hard hitting. Low scoring. Turnovers always are key and this game will be no exception. The Redskins get a pick six and hold the Giants at bay. With light winds, Shaun Suisham nails a couple of medium-range field goals. A late Giants drive fizzles after consecutive sacks.

Redskins 13, Giants 10

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Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

Jay Gruden at Senior Bowl: Redskins 'totally anticipate' Kirk Cousins will return in 2017

MOBILE – Jay Gruden provided a glimmer of optimism for Redskins fans freaked out about Kirk Cousins' contract situation. 

"I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. 

The Redskins coach talked from the sidelines of the Senior Bowl where he and much of the team's staff were scouting college seniors. 

Gruden explained he had texted back and forth with Cousins a few times this offseason and looked forward to watching him play in the Pro Bowl. 

Since Gruden named Cousins starter in 2015, the quarterback had passed for more than 9,000 yards and twice broken Skins franchise passing records. 

Some indications of a long term deal for Cousins land in the $120 million range, but the Washington organization also has the flexibility to use the franchise tag this season at a cost of nearly $24 million. 

MORE REDSKINS: Who else might want to trade for Cousins?

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The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

The Final Countdown: Redskins defense can't stop Matt Stafford for 5th worst play of 2016

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 5 worst play of 2016

Redskins at Lions Week 7

0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13

Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.

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Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score. 

10 best plays countdown

10 worst plays countdown

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