Washington Redskins vs New York Giants: Building Big Blue Momentum

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants is tackled by Don Carey #22 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during their game on November 28, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Let's just say, I've felt better after a win than I did after last week's close call with the Jaguars.

I'm not being overly pessimistic nor do I deserve a tongue whipping from Antrel Rolle, but the Giants were favored by seven points!

After coming off two losses against the Cowboys and the Eagles, the Giants almost had their season completely rocked by the Jags, which would certainly have turned up the heat under Coach Tom Coughlin (I'm not saying he's been on the hot seat to begin with).

And, yet again, the Giants are favored by a touchdown against the Redskins.

I'm not saying that I'm skeptical that the Giants will win on Sunday.

However, to say that I'm not putting a tally in the win column yet is pretty accurate.

Look, I felt better after the losses against Dallas and Philadelphia than I did after the win against the Jaguars.

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The three games after their five game winning streak have led me to conclude that there are two possibilities to explain their 1-2 record during the past three games: they're inconsistent or they're underachieving.

Quite frankly, I can't confidently say which possibility makes the most sense.

What I can say is that the four man rush that knocked out Tony Romo didn't play against Jon Kitna.

What I can also say is that the injuries to Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith are a poor excuse for Ahmad Bradshaw only rushing for a total of 207 yards over the past four games. The injury excuse can only be used so often; every team has injuries.

And what I can finally say is if the Giants want to make a run at the Super Bowl, which they are capable of doing, the tides will need to turn on Sunday

The Giants just need to lick their wounds, get back to hard-nosed running football and start penetrating the offensive line again.  

If the Giants can fend off the Redskins and the Vikings next week, then they will probably see Hakeem Nicks return in week 15 for the Eagles game.  Steve Smith is also expected to return in the next few weeks.  

It cannot be overstated how critical the next two weeks are for the Giants.