NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4)
at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-6)
Kickoff: Monday, 8:20 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -2.5, Total: 51
A pair of NFC East teams coming off huge confidence building wins will close out Week 13 when the Giants visit the Redskins on Monday night.
Eli Manning snapped out of a slump by throwing for 249 yards and 3 TD in last week’s blowout win over the Packers. The Redskins have also completely snapped out of a midseason funk, topping 30 points each of the past two weeks. In these teams’ first meeting in Week 7, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense torched the Giants for 480 yards of offense, including a go-ahead TD with less than two minutes left. The Giants avoided an upset thanks to an Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz 77-yard TD with a little more than a minute to go. Washington has covered in its past four meetings with New York (2-2 SU), but is just 3-10 SU (5-7-1 ATS) versus New York since 2006.
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Manning is 11-5 versus the Redskins in his career with 224 passing YPG, but he's thrown more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (13) over this span. However, this Redskins team is allowing the 2nd-most passing yards in the NFL (301 YPG) and Manning's 337 passing yards against them in Week 7 was the most he's ever had in this series. Cruz was the hero in that most recent meeting, as his 77-yard TD gave him 131 yards on seven catches for the game. Manning's other starting wideout, Hakeem Nicks, is starting to find his groove after a mostly injury-riddled season, catching 14 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown over the past two games. While New York's air attack appears to be in fine shape, their ground game was dealt a real blow with RB Andre Brown (8 TD in 10 games) breaking his leg in last week's win. That puts more pressure on starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw (733 rush yds, 5 TD), who has been slowed by a foot injury for the past month. The good news is that he has rushed for 4.0 YPC and 7 TD in his past seven meetings with the Redskins. Rookie RB David Wilson (4.3 YPC this year) may see some significant carries in this game, but Washington's run-stop unit is quite stingy, allowing just 89 rushing YPG this year (3rd in NFL). New York also has some offensive line injuries with C David Baas (shoulder) and OT David Diehl (shoulder) both questionable for Monday's game.
Griffin III has been unbelievable in his past two games, both wins over division foes Philadelphia and Dallas, completing 33-of-42 passes (79%) for 504 yards (12.0 YPA), 8 TD and just 1 INT. He's also rushed for 113 yards on 5.9 YPC. In the Week 7 matchup with New York, he threw for 258 yards (71% completions, 9.2 YPA) and ran for 89 yards on 9.9 YPC. Griffin hasn't been the only outstanding offensive rookie in Washington, as RB Alfred Morris has 982 rushing yards (4.7 YPC) and six touchdowns. He ran for 113 yards in last week's win in Dallas, marking his fourth game of 110+ rushing yards in his past eight games. It hasn't been just the youth going wild for the Redskins though, as 33-year-old WR Santana Moss has caught 5 TD passes over the past five games. He also has 1,048 yards and 11 TD in 16 career meetings with the Giants, whose passing defense is usually much better than they are this year (253 passing YPG allowed, 25th in NFL). New York's rushing defense is right at the middle point of the league, ranking 16th with 114 YPG allowed. Although Washington hurt itself by committing four turnovers against the Giants in Week 7, the team has just one turnover combined in four games since.