Giants-Redskins: Week 1 Preview

Steve ChottCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls a play against the New York Jets on August 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The season is finally here. NFL fans have waited for this day many months since the Steelers won the Super Bowl and now it is finally here.

On this opening Sunday of the year, at 4:00 EST the Washington Redskins will travel to play the New York Giants.

The Giants look like one of the NFC's toughest teams, while the Redskins are expected to be at the bottom of the NFC East.

Last year, the Giants opened their season with a 16-7 win over these Redskins. But both teams are different this season.


Key Players for the Giants

Brandon Jacobs, RB

With the inexperience at the WR position for the Giants, Brandon Jacobs will have to have a good game for the Giants. Jacobs rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, but this year he won't have Derrick Ward to share carries with.


Justin Tuck, DE

The Redskins will most likely run the ball more than they pass it, as they have one of the top backs in the league in Clinton Portis.

That being said, Tuck and this New York Giants defensive line needs to shut down the running game and force Jason Campbell and the Redskins to go to the air.


Kevin Boss, TE

Once again, going back to the WR's, Eli Manning will have to look to someone that he is more comfortable and can rely on. Kevin Boss will be a reliable target for Eli to pass to, like he once did with Jeremy Shockey.


Matchup to look for

Brandon Jacobs vs. Albert Haynesworth

The Redskins brought in the big DT to shut down running games and get pressure on the QB. Well, I know I can't wait to see Jacobs come running towards the line and Haynesworth trying to make the tackle.


Injury Report

Aaron Ross, CB, New York Giants- Out, Hamstring.
Adam Koets, T, New York Giants- Doubtful, Ankle
Clint Sintim, LB, New York Giants- Doubtful, Groin
Kevin Dockery, CB, New York Giants- Questionable, Hamstring

Carlos Rodgers, CB, Washington Redskins- Probable, Calf
Mike Williams, T, Washington Redskins- Probable, Ankle 



Washington Redskins-10, New York Giants-20

This won't be a very high scoring game for either team. The Redskins will have trouble moving the ball, with Campbell and Portis struggling against the tough Giants defense.

Both teams will have troubles at first, as it is the first game of the season and both teams need to gain a rhythm in their offense.

When it is all said and done, I see the Giants coming away with this Week 1 NFC East battle, 20-10.