I invited my friend John Fennelly of blogNYG.com, one of the most lively and active Giants blogs out there, to exchange out thoughts on the game. His thoughts are first, mine follow. I'll be going with a full-blown bold prediction tomorrow but here is my trash-talking version for the benefit of the Giants fans on blogNYG.com.
How the Giants will win.....
The Giants are getting no respect in the passing game. That is just fine with head coach Tom Coughlin. He's basically daring teams to stack the box.
New York will surprise opponents through the air. They have seven capable wideouts and three very good receiving tight end options
The defensive line rotation is basically unstoppable. Jason Campbell will be under siege for 60 minutes. They will force at least two turnovers and many more hurries and sacks.
The offense will employ deep routes with several different receivers as well as trap the Redskins in the box with screen passes out of nowhere.
The Giants will control the field position game and win by a score of 24-10.
How the Redskins will win…..
From what I can tell, Giants fans are operating under a few illusions and I'd like to straighten them out. One misconception is that the Redskins' offensive line is in shambles and the vaunted D-line of the G-men will feast on them. While it's true that this unit won't make anyone forget the Hogs, as long as the starters are intact it's not a bad unit. While the edge certainly goes to the Giants in the matchup, there will be some holes for Clinton Portis and Jason Campbell will find some time to throw.
Another Giant delusion is that all is well offensively in the absence of Plaxico Burress. Maybe someday Hakeem Nicks will be a stud and Steve Smith will have defensive coordinators game planning to stop him but, well, show me. Even if they are capable, the Redskins have one of the best cornerback duos in the NFC in DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers. Sure, snicker at the now-departed "MeAngelo" all you want; he'll laugh right back while he's returning a pick for six.
And, yes, in junior high Albert Haynesworth did weigh as much as Brandon Jacobs does now. I know that everyone in New Jersey revels over the picture of Jacobs rolling over LaRon Landry last year. This year Jacobs will not be able to find his way to Landry thanks to the presence of a road block wearing #92.
This is going to be a close, hard-hitting affair. Points will be at a premium. Turnovers always are crucial and that will go double in this game. Redskins 13, Giants 10.