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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Giants


Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Giants

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 27, four days before the Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Five things you need to know about Redskins vs. Giants:

1. After throwing 15 interceptions in the Giants’ first six games, Eli Manning has apparently figured out what color jerseys his teammates are wearing. He has thrown just two picks in the last five games. The Redskins had 10 interceptions in their first nine games but none in their last two.

2. The Giants’ four-game winning streak came as they faced a string of pretty bad quarterbacks. It started against Josh Freeman after he had been with the Vikings for just a couple of weeks They then beat the Eagles with Matt Barkley taking most of the snaps. The Raiders were next and Terrelle Pryor was probably the best QB of the bunch. The Giants then beat Scott Tolzien and the Packers. When they faced a solid quarterback in Tony Romo, they lost. It’s hard to say what this means for the Redskins. At times Robert Griffin III plays as well as Romo, at others he looks like a Tolzien clone.

3. New York has managed to piece together a rushing game out of the mended Andre Brown and the revived Brandon Jacobs. The pair rushed for 202 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday with Brown getting 127 and Jacobs going for 74. Jacobs has played well against the Redskins throughout his career. He has 700 yards against Washington, the most he has against any team.

4. One player to watch on the Giants injury front is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. He was a surprise inactive for the Dallas game after expressing confidence that he would play despite a groin/abdominal injury. Tom Coughlin said that Nicks didn’t play because he had not practiced all week. Nicks is having a frustrating year going into 2014 free agency. He has yet to catch a touchdown pass this year.

5. The Giants’ defensive line used to feast on opposing quarterbacks but they haven’t struck much fear in them this year. They have just 18 sacks; compare that to the Redskins who have 27. They are matched up against the Redskins’ offensive line, which has been quite leaky as of late. It shapes up as a matchup of a stoppable force against a very moveable object.

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Stat of the day

—The Redskins have now been outscored by 58 points in 1st quarter this season (no other team has been outscored by more than 45)


—Days until: Giants @ Redskins 4; Chiefs @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Falcons 18

—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:40; Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III news conferences and player availability after practice (approx. 2:00)

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Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

Pierre-Paul injury a big loss for Redskins' playoff rival

When you’re fighting for a playoff spot, it’s not only about what happens to you. It’s also about what happens to the teams you’re competing against for that playoff spot. And one of the Redskins’ main competitors got some very bad news this morning.

The Giants, who are in the No. 5 spot in the NFC, the first wild card spot, got word today that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had sports hernia surgery. The recovery time is at least four weeks, probably more like six. The Giants’ season is likely to be over by the time six weeks elapse, barring a playoff run without one of their best defensive players.

Pierre-Paul has helped solidify what was a shaky Giants defense last year. He has seven sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. He has been heating up down the stretch with 5.5 sacks in his last three games.

His loss is a big blow for the Giants. They are a game ahead of the Buccaneers, who hold the No. 6 spot, and a game and a half ahead of the Redskins, who are currently seventh.

The Redskins play New York in Week 17 so the Redskins have to pick up just one game on the Giants over the next three to have a shot at passing them in the season finale.

The chances of that happening looked pretty good with Washington playing playing three teams with losing records in the Eagles, Panthers, and Bears and the Giants going against division leaders Dallas and Detroit in addition to the Eagles. With the Giants now without Pierre-Paul, the Redskins’ probabilities got tilted in their direction a little bit more.

Just finishing ahead of the Giants wouldn’t guarantee a playoff spot but it would come close. It would mean that the Redskins would have at least nine wins and the Redskins’ tie means that two teams would have to get to 10 wins to knock them out of the playoffs. The Bucs have to win three more games to get to nine wins and the Packers and Vikings would have to run the table.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.

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