Giants-Redskins Preview

nick wigertContributor IDecember 21, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants makes a break against the San Diego Chargers on November 8, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Tonight as the Giants and Redskins meet for the final time of the 2009 season there is much at stake, at least for one team. The Giants come into the game with a 7-6 record, outside of the playoff bubble in the NFC. For New York to walk away from tonight's game still in the hunt, they must win.

The Giants have missed much of what brought them to the playoffs the last few years. They have been without a consistent running game all year long. All fingers point to Brandon Jacobs. He has not been running the same this year as in years past. He is running upright, which does not allow him to get many yards after first contact, and he also he is not getting the blocking from his offensive line.

Another problem the Giants face is that they have been horrendous trying to pressure opposing quarterbacks. The Giants have not been the same team since Steve Spagnuolo left the team to coach the Rams. I think Spagnuolo was a great motivator and a guy all the players loved to play under. His absence has hurt and the Giants defense has suffered under Bill Sheridan.