Redskins play into Giants strengths

Sunday’s game against the Giants is going to be a struggle.  Even when the Giants were struggling/collapsing/blowing it down the stretch last year they absolutely trounced us on Monday Night Football(a game that included the infamous swinging gate play…).  We are struggling on both the offense and the defense, and unfortunately the Giants are set up to handle us with relative ease.

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21: Punter Hunter Smith #3 of the Washington Redskins throws an interception on a fake field goal in the second quarter as he is hit by Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Skins one strength, which really isn’t one, is their ability to pass the ball, where they rank tenth in the NFL in yards per game.  Of course this doesn’t take into account our lack of play makers, lack of touchdowns, and Donovan’s plethora of interceptions (most since his second year when he had 13 in 16 games).  But with 0 running game, the pass has been the only way that we’ve been able to move the ball almost all season long.  The Giants, rank first in the NFL in pass defense, allowing only 186.4 yards passing a game.  A pass defense that everyone expected to resemble the Redskin’s this season is benefiting from a stout defensive front 4 and is playing great.  According to the stats, the Redskins might be getting ready for another stinker on offense as the Giants D looks to be playing well enough to silence any sort of passing attack at we might have.

On the other side of the ball, we don’t really have any sort of strength on defense, ranking 26th and 29th in run and pass defense respectively.  Any turnover or sack strength that did exist has started to disappear in recent weeks.  With our inability to rush the passer consistently and create turnovers recently, shouldn’t we expect a big day for the Giants 9th ranked passing, and 6th ranked rushing attack?  Eli has thrown his fair share of interceptions, has so few healthy receivers that they actually brought in Devin Thomas (good luck getting intel from a player that slept through all of the meetings…),  and Ahmad Bradshaw (who was recently demoted because of his fumbleitis) will still see action, so there should be opportunities to turn the Giants over.  But we played Brett Favre last week, league leader in interceptions, at home, and came away zippy in the turnover column.

It’s one of those games that on paper we don’t stand a chance, but maybe, just maybe, we step it up to play tight with a division rival.  This might be one of those games where the team is down, after losing a crucial game that they should have won, but they turn it around because they have had enough of the losing and negativity.  If we can show up with some energy and passion, we stand a chance in this game.  Our pride is on the line and even if we don’t win we should at least make it closer than what history and the stats tell us.  If we can get a few turnovers, punch the ball into the end zone instead of settling for field goals, and knock baby Eli around a little, maybe we can open up our debut in the new Meadowlands stadium with a W.

Here’s to hoping, Go Skins!

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