Giants-Redskins: SNYGiants Staff Predictions

Jared Kruger: Giants played their best defensive game last week against the Packers. RGIII showed the Giants what he is capable of in week 7. Something’s gotta give. If the Giants continue to use the new 3 safety defensive strategy (which hinges on Kenny Phillips’ status) they will be able to contain the long pass. The defensive line is a huge key to this game. They need to maintain gap control and it seemed they had a problem with RGIII in the pistol formations the first time around. Hopefully, they’ve solved that. Giants 28, Redskins 24

Sam Spiegelman: Tonight’s match-up between New York and Washington should tell us a lot about both teams. Can RGIII outperform his fellow rookies, Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, who both helped their team to critical wins, and keep the ‘Skins in the Wildcard race? Or will Eli Manning and the Giants defense carry over the momentum from last week’s trouncing of Green Bay? Expect both offenses to have success, with the game coming down to which defense can make a critical stop at the right moment. In that case, given the performance last week, I expect that defense to be New York’s. Giants 35, Redskins 31

Kel Dansby: The Giants have had a tough time against this Redskins team the past two seasons and RGIII gave the defense nightmares during their last match up. With that said, the Giants will play with a sense of urgency and Eli Manning will exploit the secondary of the Redskins to keep this game competitive. The Giants fall short on a 4th quarter comeback attempt and make the NFC East race competitive again. Redskins 30, Giants 27

Jim Mancari: All the hype surrounding this game will be if the Giants can stop Robert Griffin III. The real focus though should be if the Redskins can stop Eli Manning. In this crucial divisional showdown, we’ll really get the chance to see what the Redskins are made of. We know that Washington is an improved team, but are they ready to hang with the big boys? My guess is that they’re still a step behind Big Blue. Points will be scored in this one, but maybe a few rookie mistakes hinder RGIII’s performance. Giants 38, Redskins 27

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I’ve been loathing this game. No matter what you do on defense, you’re not going to shut down RGIII . He’s a legitimate MVP candidate. People ask me to compare him to someone. I’m still trying. ┬áThe Giants need to do the best they can to limit him and live with it. Containment and discipline and wrap up ball carriers. The key to winning for the Giants is the same as it has been the past few seasons: the offense has to take the pressure off the defense. That hasn’t changed. They need to score 35-40 points to sufficiently cover up their inadequacies on defense. Touchdowns, not FGs in the red zone and no more of those lame three-and-outs. Kevin Gilbride and Eli Manning have to put a brick on the accelerator and never look back. If they do, the Giants will drive the Redskins right out of Landover. If not, cover your eyes. Expect the latter. This is the toughest team they’ll play the rest of the year and that includes any opponent they may see down the road. I would like to see the Giants win this one, but as we all know, they never make things easy for themselves. Redskins 34, Giants 27