Friday, 18 Jan 2019

The Redskins seek to consolidate their grip on NFC East against the routed giants

Washington Redskins (4-2) at the New York Giants (1-6)
Start: 1 pm, MetLife Stadium
TV: Fox | Radio: 630, 980 AM; 92.7, 94.3, 105.9 FM
Line: Redskins by 1

The Redskins can extend their winning streak to three and strengthen their grip on the NFC East with a win over the Giants on Sunday, but a trip to the Meadowlands is always an adventure, and this one has every qualities of a trap game. At 1-6, the Giants are already looking to the future after exchanging two of their best defensive players in cornerback Eli Apple and defensive tackle Damon Harrison last week. Rookie Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr will provide the final test in Washington's fifth defense. One of the keys for the Redskins could be to put pressure on veteran quarterback Eli Manning, who has already been sacked 24 times in seven games.

Offensively, Washington relies heavily on running back Adrian Peterson against the 20th defensive against the race. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has struggled in the past three weeks and, despite slot receiver Jamison Crowder being ruled out for the third consecutive game due to injury, the playoff game could benefit from the return of Chris Thompson. The third to last row leads to Washington with 26 catches although he has missed the last two games.

This article will be updated throughout the match on Sunday.

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