NFL Prediction and Pick Giants vs. Redskins
New York Giants (4-7) @ Washington Redskins (3-8) 12/01- 8:30PM EST
I’m sure when the television schedules were made, this game looked like a marquee matchup as the last two winners of the NFC East did not think they would be in this position so late in the season not fighting for playoff spot but trying to avoid last-place in what as been a disappointing NFC East this year.
Last year’s game in prime-time was for an NFC East title, this season’s game at FedEx Field is nothing more then for pride and trying to stay out of the cellar in what has been a truly disappointing season for both teams.
“Everybody’s got a lot of pride in the NFL regardless of what your record is,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. “Everybody wants to win and I’m sure the Giants feel the same way.”
The Giants (4-7) had reeled off four wins in a row leading up to last week’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys at home and we’re in a position to make some noise in the division, but after losing 24-21, their playoff hopes were greatly damaged as they suffered a season sweep at the hands of the Cowboys.
“I think that’s something that we have to deal with a lot of times in this league,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “The pages have been turned. We’re already looking forward to playing a game and getting the preparation in for this week.”
The Washington Redskins (3-8) have been under the microscope all season long with Robert Griffin III coming back to play after having offseason reconstructive surgery on his right knee and without a doubt has not been the same player he was last year as a rookie.
Last season in his rookie year before his playoff injury, Griffin rushed for 815 yards and ran for seven touchdowns, but in 2013 has gained only 367 yards and has not reached the end zone to this point.
“We had a dual threat. Now that threat is not quite there as strong as it was a year ago,” Shanahan said. “But now we go to a different direction. We run play-action, we still run some of the zone-reads.”
RG3 has already had a rough sophomore season in the NFL having to answer the critics about the true health of his knee and now seems to be involved in weekly controversies… be it clashing with Shanahan, playing the blame-game for on-field mistakes, his performance on the field or having his father visit him in the locker room following Monday night’s 27-6 blowout loss to the 49ers were he threw for a season-low 118 yards and was sacked for a career-worst six times by the Niners’ defense.
A good performance on Sunday night can at least deter the critics for another week, and going against a Giants defense that has produced only 18 sacks, which is the second-lowest in the NFL only to Jacksonville may be a good start to having a good game.
Griffin had a 105.9 passer rating last year in a series-split with the Giants… but he was healthy.
New York’s Eli Manning is also been the center of criticism this year with his horrific numbers of a 72.5 passer rating, which is his worst since his rookie year. Manning has also thrown 17 picks and the Giants offense as a whole has committed an NFL-high 30 turnovers.
With problems all year long with both teams, we can see why the oddsmakers have made it an EVEN game for Sunday night. Will the line move before kickoff? Check the latest spread here through Wonder Punter to find out.
With the Giants having a host of injuries going to Sunday’s game.. Jason-Pierre Paul, Trumaine McBride, Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster…. I have to give a slight edge to the Redskins.
One bright spot for the Redskins this season has been Alfred Morris, who ranks third in the league with 970 rushing yards and had success against the Giants last year with 224 rushing yards.
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter