After a great defensive performance from the Giants in week 2 vs the Saints, the 0-2 Redskins come into Metlife stadium hoping to get their season up and running.
The Washington Redskins are looking to bounce back after a week 2 divisional loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a game in which they only managed to score two touchdowns. Kirk Cousins may be 3rd in passing yards in the NFL through 2 games, but he certainly hasn’t been playing up to the standards that the Redskins want and are paying him to. Cousins signed a franchise tag in the off-season, so is getting paid $20 million for the year, a ridiculous amount of money for a quarterback who is clearly not in the upper elite of the league.
The main area where Cousins is struggling is in the redzone, where he has only thrown one touchdown, the only one he’s thrown so far this season. Running back Matt Jones has carried the load for the misfiring Cousins and Redskins offense, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 4.3 yards a carry, so stopping the run will be pivotal for the Giants if they wish to succeed on Sunday.
The Redskins defense has already given up double the amount of points through two games as the Giants defense (32.5 and 16 points per game) and a staggering 408 yards per game, which is a low ranked 28th in the NFL.
Key Player; Matt Jones RB
In my opinion Kirk Cousins is a very average quarterback, who is still looking for his first win against a winning team, a statistic which shows he is unable to perform against the top teams.
Where I think Matt Jones could be the key player for the Redskins is in the redzone, as Cousins has been moving the ball downfield, but has just been unable to finish drives. The Redskins will look to punch the ball into the endzone using their bulldozing running back, Matt Jones, something which the 6″2, 232llbs back is more than capable of doing.
The Giants have a defense again. Well one that fans can be proud of and opposing teams can be fearful of. One touchdown against the highly powered Saints offense is a huge achievement for any defense, but especially for the Giants, which was one of the worst defenses in the league last year. The D-line played well against the Saints, getting pressure on Drew Brees all game, but I thought they were only able to get that pressure due to excellent coverage from the Giants secondary and linebackers. Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple and Jonathan Casillas were all particularly impressive and will look to continue that against the Redskins. Landon Collins registered his first sack of his career and I’m really excited to see what more the hard hitting safety has to offer this year.
Odell Beckham vs Josh Norman. It’s back. It will be interesting to see if Norman stays on Beckham throughout the game, as a lot has been said about how Norman doesn’t follow the number 1 receiver. In any case, Norman and the Redskins secondary have more than just Beckham to deal with, as rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz are both coming off great games against the Saints (8-117 and 4-91).
Key Player; Eli Manning QB
Manning is leading the league in pass completion percentage with 73.9%, which proves he’s taking care of the ball and being smart with who he is passing to. I feel Manning is the key player for the Giants as I believe they are more than capable of beating this Redskins team, as long as they don’t shoot themselves in the foot with interceptions and fumbles. If Manning plays well and takes care of the football then the Giants win. The defense is playing at a high enough level to stifle the Redskins and I believe the Giants passing game is too strong for the Redskins defense, even with Josh Norman.
Prediction; Giants 28-17 Redskins