A truly marquee matchup concludes Week 13 of NFL action as RGIII and his Washington Redskins play host to the defending Super Bowl champion, New York Giants. At the outset of 2012, most pundits would have never imagined this game to have playoff implications, but it does as both teams remain in contention for the NFC East divisional crown.
After a string of lacklustre weeks, the G-Men busted out of their slump in grand fashion last Sunday night against the Packers. New York throttled Green Bay by a score of 38-10 and will look to keep that momentum going on the road, a place where they typically thrive. They enter Monday evening with a 7-4 record, and with the Eagles fading and the Cowboys looking sketchy, a win in the nation’s capital could put them in the driver’s seat the rest of the way. The G-Men have a knack for showing up when the going gets tough, and thrive in the spotlight. This game is a huge moment for both teams, and expect a premium effort out of this veteran-laden group. On the injury front, right tackle David Diehl likely will not play, nor will linebacker Jacquian Williams. The Giants have a bunch of banged up players in addition, but the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Kenny Phillips should both suit up to take on RG3.
Not much was expected this season from the Redskins. After a plethora of key defensive injuries early in the season, Washington has found a way to hang around though, and with a win at home against New York this team could contend for a divisional title. Much, if not all, of this team’s success can be attributed to rookie phenom Robert Griffin III. The Baylor product has been simply remarkable in 2012, terrorizing defenses both with his legs and arm. Earlier in the season, the Redskins torched the Giants’ defense in a close loss. Washington will look to avenge that under the Monday Night lights. A big advantage fro the Redskins this time around will be the presence of top wide-out Pierre Garcon. Garcon has been amazing when he’s been in the lineup, and his combination of speed and chemistry with Griffin could cause fits for a vulnerable New York secondary. Washington enters this contest with two key injuries as both London Fletcher and Trent Williams are questionable and could be game-time decisions. If those two cannot go it’s a big loss for both the defense and offensive line.
Giants vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
New York Giants -2.5 (-120)
@ Washington Redskins +2.5 (+100)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Redskins Pick:
The Giants don’t always show up to play, but in big moments you can always count on a premium performance. Going against the phenom that is RG3 on Monday Night Football expect the Giants to be amped up to show the world that they’re still the class of this division and that their defense can shut down the kid from Baylor.
After a few weeks of less than stellar play, the Giants and the cerebral Eli Manning bounced back in a big way last week and look for that to continue on Monday evening. The Redskins’ give up points with ease, and the talented Manning should have no issues moving the chains against Washington. Manning is blessed with dangerous weapons on either side of him, and don’t expect the ‘Skins secondary to have any answers for either Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz. Washington has glaring issues mostly notably in their secondary. In Week 7, Manning went off for 337 yards passing against the same defense he’ll play Monday night.
Another advantage for the Giants in this one will be at the line of scrimmage. The G-Men boast one of the top defensive lines in football, and should wreak havoc on a pretty pathetic Redskins’ offensive line. RG3 is certainly elusive in the pocket, but if the Giants can limit his time and space consistently, it will throw off his rhythm and overall effectiveness. Griffin is most dangerous when he isn’t contained and can move freely outside the pocket, but solid edge rushers like Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora should prevent that from happening. New York is also adept against the run, but still remain vulnerable against the pass. Though RG3 should connect with Pierre Garcon with regularity, it won’t be enough to keep up with Manning and the Giants’ attack.
The Giants are simply the better team overall in this contest. Only having to lay 2.5 points with a team that thrives on the road seems fairly logical, as Manning and the G-Men prepare for their annual stretch run. December is the Giants’ month, and expect them to start it off with a big road victory in Washington, D.C.