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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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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus. 

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins

Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.