Victor Cruz scores the game-winning TD with less than two minutes remaining in Week 7.
Last time these two teams met, it looked as though rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had entered MetLife Stadium and handed the defending champs a shocking loss. Instead, Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz with just 1:13 left on the clock to down the Skins, 27-23, as you'll see in this video courtesy of Fox/NFL (h/t YouTube).
With RGIII playing out of his mind and Manning getting back on track on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, this has all the makings for a historical game.
Here's your complete game information for the Giants at Redskins:
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
When: Monday, Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Washington (+2.5) Over/Under: 51 (according to Bet Online)
As long as that line stays under three, I like the G-Men here. After resting during the bye week, Manning and the Giants' defense looked like their old selves against the Packers.
Who ya got?
Griffin has been playing exceptionally well over the course of the past two games, but he hasn't faced a front four like New York's of late.
I like the G-Men to cover that 2.5-point line.
It looks like the oddsmakers are basing the over/under off of the Week 7 matchup when the Giants defeated the Redskins 27-23, combining for 50 points.
With RGIII rolling and New York recently hanging 38 on the Packers, I like the over in this matchup. Both teams have the capability to put points up fast and neither secondary is exactly stifling. The Giants' defensive line will get to RGIII, but the points will still be there at the end of the game.
Ride with the over.
What's At Stake?
At stake on Monday night is the NFC East title, as the Redskins trail the Giants by two games. If New York wins, it can extend its division lead over the 'Skins and take another step toward winning the division.
Giants Injury Report:
Despite manhandling the Packers, the G-Men suffered a huge loss on Sunday night after learning that RB Andre Brown is lost for the season after sustaining a broken fibula, according to ESPN's Jane McManus.
According to USA Today's injury report, despite leaving Week 12's game against the Packers with a knee injury, safety Kenny Phillips is expected to play against the Redskins, which is great news for the G-Men.
USA Today also reports that offensive tackle David Diehl—who left the Green Bay game with nerve pain in his neck—is questionable for Monday night.
Redskins Injury Report:
Per USA Today, Washington LB London Fletcher and T Trent Williams are questionable for their matchup against New York.
Fletcher is dealing with an ankle injury suffered against the Cowboys while Williams is nursing an injury to his thigh.
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start 'Em: Robert Griffin III
This is a no-brainer considering he's thrown eight touchdowns over his last two games and tossed two TDs against the G-Men when they met in Week 7.
Through Week 12, RGIII has the second-most fantasy points among any player in the NFL, according to ESPN standard leagues.
When a quarterback is as hot as Griffin is right now, you start him until he lets you down. And from what we've seen from RGIII this season, he's showing no signs of slowing down or disappointing fantasy owners.
Sit 'Em: Giants D/ST
I strongly urge you not to start the Giants defense. Do I think they'll get some sacks of RGIII? Yes, but they're also going to give up some points to the Washington offense.
RGIII's past two games alone are enough not to start the G-Men D, but if that's not good enough for you, New York's defense ranks No. 25 against the pass and No. 16 against the run.
Sleeper: Santana Moss
Moss found his way into my waiver-wire pickups piece this week and rightly so.
The 12-year veteran has scored a touchdown in consecutive games and shredded the Giants defense in that Week 7 game to the tune of 67 yards and two touchdowns.
With New York likely keying in on Pierre Garcon, you can confidently start Moss knowing he'll be a factor in the outcome of this one.
What They're Saying
With the injury to Andre Brown, the New York Post's Paul Schwartz is reporting that the Giants have signed two new RBs to the roster.
Giants announce the signing of RBs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin, two newcomers now that Andre Brown is on IR. sulia.com/c/new-york-gia…— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) November 27, 2012
Giants Player to Watch: Hakeem Nicks
Due to injury, Nicks hasn't been the dominant receiver Giants fans are accustomed to seeing, but he did look better against the Packers in Week 12.
Nicks caught five passes for 77 yards and a score—his first TD since Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and looked the healthiest we've seen him in weeks.
If he can continue to get healthy, Nicks and Victor Cruz will again become nightmares for opposing defenses, just as they were in 2011.
Redskins Player to Watch: Robert Griffin III
RGIII is hands down the most thrilling player in the NFL—of course he's Washington's player to watch against Big Blue.
You don't throw for 504 yards and eight touchdowns in your past two games and fly under the radar, and since Griffin nearly beat the Giants earlier in the season, the rookie QB is easily the one to watch for Washington.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones repeatedly praises @rgiii, saying he was "in awe." Happy he doesn't have to play him "but one more time"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2012
Key Matchup: RGIII vs. the Giants Front Four
In their Week 7 meeting, the Giants defense was able to reach RGIII for three sacks via Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora. That said, I believe that's the key matchup again in this Week 13 matchup.
New York's defense is coming off a game against the Packers in which they sacked Aaron Rodgers five times and dismantled the Green Bay Packers.
If the G-Men can continue that trend on Monday night, they'll be able to limit the success of the Redskins' offense, leaving more time for Manning and the New York offense to carve up Washington's No. 31-ranked pass defense.
If the Giants are unable to get to RGIII, it could turn ugly for Big Blue.
Prediction: Giants 28, Redskins 24
It'll be another close one but I like Manning and the Giants' offense to shine against a horrible pass defense on Monday Night Football.
As long as New York's defense can play similar to that Week 7 matchup, I like the G-Men to extend their NFC East lead over the Skins.
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