Six keys to a Redskins win over the Giants

It's been three years since the Redskins beat the Giants. The Redskins made the playoffs that season, but the Giants won the Super Bowl.

The Redskins have the monumental task of being a team which it has lost to four straight times over the last two season.  The New York Giants are a deeper team with more talent, but they too have had their share of problems the last few weeks.  In their last three games they have gone 1-2.  Despite all that they are favored to beat the Redskins for a fifth time, and rightfully so.  They are a better team right now.  However, that doesn’t mean the Redskins cannot go to New Jersey and pull off a win.

For the Redskins, execution is key.  On offense threes three things must happen in order for them to have success.

Protect McNabb

  • This is plain and simple.  If It means they rotate and change offensive lineman then go ahead and do it.  I am a big fan of Will Montgomery and would like to see him have more time over Artis Hicks.  I would much rather see him over Casey Rabach, but that is not likely.  This Giants defensive front is no joke.  They have already knocked out five quarterbacks.  If we see Rex Grossman for any extended period of time.  The Skins are cooked.

Get the running backs involved

  • The Redskins piled up a dreadful 29 yards on the ground last week at home to the Vikings.  That will not get them a win versus the Giants.  Get Keiland Williams and James Davis active and do whatever it takes.  Give them more screens and passes in the flat.  The Giants have probably never seen or even heard of these guys.    This could be their big day to break out.  The screen killed the Giants versus the Cowboys.  The draw killed them versus the Eagles.   Give the backs a chance.  Running them on 3rd and 23 doesn’t help.

Receivers must catch the ball

  • No insight needed here

On defense, the Redskins must stay committed to the play and not second guess themselves.

Stay committed to defending the run or the pass

  • The prime example was the closing drive by the Vikings in last Sunday’s game.  If it was a run, they gave too much space.  If it was a pass they were somehow playing as if it was a run.  On Brett Favre’s 10-yard run to seal the game, the Redskins hesitated to engage Favre and simply let him go.  Do not let these Giants go.  Or else, curtains.


  • When Adrian Peterson was in the game, tackling was atrocious.  When Toby Gerhart was in the game, it was just as bad.  Brandon Jacobs and Amad Bradshaw may be harder to bring down, but good tackling never fails.  Even if you need backup.

Get to Eli

  • If you blitz, bring the heat.  Fluster him and make him timid.  An on point Eli is dangerous.  A confused Eli is beatable.

If the Redskins can maintain these keys they will win 19-16.

If they do not, they will lose.  It is that easy.

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