The Redskins have found their quarterback in Robert Griffin III and the Giants will get their first taste of the celebrated rookie. Meanwhile, the Giants are riding high coming off a 26-3 romp over San Francisco.
This game may have more at stake, though, than the Giants thought a Week 7 game would, as ESPN's Trey Wingo reports:
Why is Sunday's game more critical for Giants than Redskins? NYG already 0-2 inside division including a home loss. #tiebreakers— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 18, 2012
The Redskins can get a share of the NFC East lead with a win. Will they have enough firepower to do it?
Check out some bold predictions for today’s game.
Hakeem Nicks Will Have a 150-Yard Day
Nicks has been hobbled recently by injuries, but he comes back to health just in time to feast on the Redskins’ 32nd-ranked secondary.
While Victor Cruz has been in form this season, Nicks’ big frame will provide Eli Manning with another reliable target. Manning will get reacquainted with his star receiver for some long gains early and often.
The Giants' Pass Rush Will Be Neutralized
RG3 is no Alex Smith. The Giants' defensive line will have more trouble keeping up with the speed and elusiveness of the Redskins’ QB.
Alfred Morris Will Score Two Touchdowns
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has not shied away from giving carries to Morris, who should see a ton of work to help keep Eli Manning off the field.
The Redskins will need to set up the play-action by keeping the Giants honest with the ground game. The pass play-calls won’t be necessary, though. Morris will have success in the red zone just as he’s had all season.
The Giants Will Win, But the Redskins Will Cover the Spread
The Giants will escape with a home win, but they’ll have to claw out of a deficit in the final minutes to do it.
Who Will Win?
Washington will hang tight as it can take away the Giants' run game and make New York one-dimensional. On offense, RG3 will play like a savvy veteran and keep up with New York.
In the end, though, the Giants' signal-caller will put on a clinic to school the Redskins’ QB on two-minute drives.