By: Sean Mathews
The Redskins play the New York Giants in the first of two games Sunday. They are going to lose. In fact, it is more than likely they are going to lose both; and in spectacular fashion at that. I know, I know. There is an extremely anti-Redskins sentiment in the air. I’m just hating on the Redskins, one in a chorus of many. I’m a realist though, and as much as I would love to see the Skins pull off a victory against the goofier of the two Mannings, it just isn’t going to happen.
I’m going to give three simple statistics that will lay the foundation for the Redskins ultimate –though highly predictable- demise. First and foremost is the quarterback matchup. Eli Manning is not a better quarterback than Donovan McNabb. However, he has better tools in his box; something McNabb lacks. Manning and McNabb have thrown for virtually the same amount of yards at 2821 and 2853 respectively. However, Manning has thrown 23 touchdown passes to McNabb’s paltry 11. That leads us to the second statistic: receivers.
Again, Santana Moss and Hakeem Nicks both have roughly the same amount of receiving yards at 778 for Moss and 800 for Nicks. Again we look at the touchdown catches and Nicks has caught nine to Moss’s three. This is a large disparity between the lead receivers.
Lastly, and this is the most important statistic. The Redskins have the worst defense in the game, giving up 400 yards on average, whereas the Giants have one of the best offenses, recording 387 yards per game. The Giants’ defense, also among the best, gives up only 285 yards a game while the Redskins are in the middle of the pack gaining 332 yards with their offense.
Neither I, nor anyone else needs a crystal ball to see how this matchup will fare. But to use the oft and over cited cliché; any given Sunday. Right. The Skins lose this one 17 – 34 and will be dealt the same punishment at home a month later.