October 19, 2019

Washington Redskins Week 12 Preview: vs. New York Giants

The Washington Redskins look to grab a share of the NFC East lead Sunday in a key divisional matchup vs. the New York Giants. The Redskins were thoroughly embarrassed in a 44-16 blowout at Carolina, while the Giants are coming off a bye week, Washington’s third opponent this year on two weeks’ rest.

The Giants, at 5-5, have a game lead on the abysmal NFC East, and beat the Redskins quite convincingly earlier this year, 32-21. The Giants have been Washington’s bugaboo the last few seasons, winning five straight meetings, all in pretty convincing fashion. The last game played at FedEx Field between these two teams ended in a 45-17 blowout, helped along by four interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins.

The Giants, much like the Redskins, have had an up-and-down season marked by significant injuries. However, they may have handed in their best performance of the year two weeks ago in a 1-point loss to the undefeated New England Patriots. If they are able to build on that performance, the Redskins could be in trouble.

Washington has a stellar home record this year, with all four of their wins coming in Landover. This will be the first time that the Redskins have played for a share of the division lead at home this late in the season since 2012, when they defeated Dallas in the final week of the season to capture the NFC East crown.

Key Matchups

CB Bashaud Breeland vs. WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

After CB Chris Culliver tore his ACL in practice this week, it appears as if Breeland is now the Redskins’ number one corner by default. The last time Breeland was exclusively matched with Beckham came last year, and he was thoroughly embarrassed by Beckham, who notched 3 receiving TDs in an easy Giants win.

Beckham is one of the most dynamic athletes in the NFL and if Breeland does not play him tight and funnel him into more safety help, the Redskins will be torched. With Culliver out, the Redskins will have played virtually every game without their full stable of defensive backs. Someone has to step up.

Redskins’ Running Game vs. Themselves

I am pretty much done trying to figure out the Redskins’ running game, and it seems as it comes down to pure execution. The offensive line opens holes and allows Alfred Morris and Matt Jones to run wild against the Saints, but then they completely lay an egg against the Panthers. This run game has been consistently consistent all year long.

The Giants have a decidedly average rushing defense, allowing about 111 yards per game on the ground. The Redskins would kill for that type of production on the ground at this point to give Kirk Cousins some protection. Fingers crossed that Offensive Line coach Bill Callahan can get his guys in gear and open up some running lanes.

Redskins’ “Stud” of the Game

FS Dashon Goldson

Goldson, the Redskins’ leading tackler on the year, has to cover some major ground on Sunday against the Giants’ offense. Lightning can strike at any time with Odell Beckham on the other side of the line of scrimmage, and Goldson must act as a ball hawk to keep the deep passes to Beckham and the crossing patterns to TE Larry Donnell at a minimum. Look for him to  create some turnovers and make plays all over the field.

Staff Prediction

Redskins 21, Giants 24

The Redskins just are not quite there yet, and the Giants seem to always have their number. Eli Manning carves up the Redskins’ D for at least 2 scores, and the Redskins cannot quite pull it off at the end, saving fans from being sucked into a playoff race that inevitably would not end very well in December.

About Seamus Kane

Seamus Kane is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Wizards. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seamus grew up in the area all his life rooting for the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Caps, and Terps. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in American History and now lives in Washington, DC. His favorite DC sports legend is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, and his favorite DC sports moment was Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off in the first-ever game at Nationals Park, a game which he attended. You can follow Seamus on Twitter @ShamelessKane

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