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Point-counter point: Redskins vs. Giants

Point-counter point: Redskins vs. Giants

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.

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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.

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Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

Redskins' Doug Williams presents a special jersey to family of Jim Vance

On July 22, legendary D.C. broadcaster Jim Vance died at the age of 75.

During the first day of training camp on Thursday, Washington Redskins VP of player personnel Doug Williams, presented NBC4 sports reporter Carol Maloney with a gift for Vance's family.


The gesture by the Redskins was one filled with much respect for the award-winning anchor.

Vance was a staple for many D.C. locals, being a full-time anchor since 1972 for NBC4. 

Last summer, Vance revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer but never stopped working. 

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LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

LIVE Redskins training camp practice report: Day 1

RICHMOND—The Redskins took the field for their first practice of the season. Jordan Reed is missing as was the usual stifling heat at the Bon Secours training center.It's warm but the humidity is down from the normal late-July sauna here. 

Here are my observations from practice as it unfolds. Come back and refresh often for the latest:

—Jamison Crowder still appears to be the No. 1 punt returner. Also fielding kicks off of the leg of Tress Way were Maurice Harris, Chris Thompson, and Will Blackmon. 

—The Redskins are practicing without pads per collective bargaining rules. A few are wearing shells. 

—New tight end EJ Bibbs just introduced himself to Vernon Davis as they were getting ready for some individual drills. Reminds me of a few year ago when a just acquired player was participating in stretching and they brought his contract out onto the field for him to sign. He wouldn’t have been able to practice otherwise. 

—Kirk Cousins just acknowledged a fan lined up near the sideline. ‘How’s it going, Derrick?” Derrick’s friends were properly impressed. 

—Maurice Harris showed good form in catching a Cousins pass over the middle against no defense. Nothing spectacular but but a good job reaching forward to pull in a pass that was ahead of him. 

—Harris with another nice catch, this time guarded over the middle by Will Blackmon. He is off to a good start in competing for playing time.

—Torian Gray is admonishing his defensive backs to “wake up, wake up.” On one rep he wanted Tevin Homer to “drive to the ball.”

—It looked like Josh Doctson had a step on Bashaud Breeland on a deep pass but the CB recovered and knocked the pass away. 

—A few plays later Doctson got deep again, this time against Quinton Dunbar. This time the CB couldn’t catch up and Doctson hauled in the pass.

—In the early going in 11 on 11, Will Compton and Mason Foster are the inside LBs with the first team and Joey Mbu is at nose tackle. Both situations could change over the course of the next few weeks. 

—Nice cut by Keith Marshall on a run around right end. He planted his foot and cut upfield with some serious burst. He’s a dark horse when it comes to making the roster but I’m keeping an eye on him. 

—Cousins with a dart to Terrelle Pryor along the sideline. A sharp and accurate throw. 

—Rain is approaching but it should hold off until practice is over. Meanwhile, the clouds and breeze are cooling things down. Nobody is complaining.  

—Pryor was assigned to block Josh Norman on a running play. Norman made a business decision not to contest the block and there was light contact as Norman backed down the field.

—Rookie Robert Davis made a solid back-shoulder catch on the sideline. I’m not sure if Colt McCoy intended for the pass to be back shoulder but that was where it went and Davis reached to make the grab. 

—What was that? Nate Sudfeld heaved one downfield to nobody in particular. Kendall Fuller got an easy interception, his second of the day. 

—That is from Richmond for today. Come on back tomorrow, we’ll do it again.