WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-2)
at NEW YORK GIANTS (4-2)
Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: New York Giants -6, Total: 51
The Giants seek a third straight win and fifth victory in the past six contests when they host Robert Griffin III and the high-flying Redskins on Sunday.
Griffin gets his first taste of an athletic Giants front that's coming off their best game of the season. Griffin has torched the defenses he's faced so far, including 182 passing yards, 138 rushing yards and three total touchdowns in a 38-26 victory over the Vikings last week. The Giants' vaunted front four had struggled before dominating in San Francisco last week. The Giants recorded six sacks and intercepted Alex Smith three times while holding the Niners to three points. The Redskins swept the Giants last year, winning each game by two possessions.
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Griffin has been a monster rushing the football, leading all quarterbacks with 379 rushing yards and 6 TD. He also has the league's best completion percentage at 70.2 percent, and expects to be able to throw the football against New York's 21st-ranked pass defense (257 YPG) that has allowed at least 225 passing yards in every game this year. With help from RB Alfred Morris (538 rush yds, 4th in NFL), the Redskins rank second in the NFL with 166 rushing YPG. Although the Giants held San Francisco to 80 rushing yards last week, they are a mediocre 16th in rushing defense this season at 106 YPG allowed. Washington's offense has done a great job keeping turnovers to a minimum with just five giveaways in six games, while the defense has forced multiple miscues in five of six games.
The Giants are 2-5 all-time in division games at MetLife Stadium. Manning (1,772 pass yds, 3rd in NFL) expects to throw early and often on Sunday, especially with top RB Ahmad Bradshaw slowed by a foot injury. Bradshaw has 316 rushing yards in the past two games, but Washington has the league's 8th-best run stop unit (89 YPG). The Redskins' NFL-worst pass defense could have trouble with the Giants excellent receiving corps led by Victor Cruz (496 rec. yds, 6 TD), Domenik Hixon (314 rec. yds) and Hakeem Nicks, whose knee finally appears to be 100 percent. The Giants defense has been outstanding in creating opportunities for the offense this year with 14 takeaways in six games, including three in each of the past two contests.