1. Sufficiently cover Evan Engram to secure victory
There are a lot of concerns with the Giants skill position players. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the season with injuries. Sterling Shepard is dealing with an illness and is questionable for the game. Considering there is a 10 day layoff between Thanksgiving and the next Giants game, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him sit a week until he is fully healthy.
Should that happen, the Giants won’t have a receiver that’s really capable of being a top guy. That would shift the responsibility of being the No. 1 target to Evan Engram. The rookie tight end has performed well this year and has made the most of his opportunities. The Redskins have to try and stop him.
Though linebacker Martrell Spaight and safety Montae Nicholson are both out for this contest, the team is going to have to do everything they can to put their best cover guy on Engram. Even if that means Bashaud Breeland has to line up across from him, make it happen. Engram does play out wide and from the slot a fair amount, and the Redskins have to be prepared to matchup with him in those circumstances.
If the Redskins can contain Engram and really limit his opportunities to catch the ball, then they will definitely win. The rest of the Giants receivers don’t have enough talent to carry the passing attack in a shootout with the Skins. So, Greg Manusky has to have a solid plan ready to deal with Engram on Thursday night.