New York Giants vs. Redskins – Week 4 – Time, TV, Weather, More

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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This Week

Football is a game of individual and unit matchups. In some ways, these teams are very similar, but there are one or two areas where the New York Giants have an edge. This where the individual matchups will come in to play, especially in the trenches as both teams try to dominate the line of scrimmage.

Like the Giants, Washington’s defense has been (to be polite) nothing special in 2019. As a matter of fact, both defenses have yielded 94 points in the season’s first three games, and 31 points last week. Both defensive coordinators have to walk into their offices before Monday morning film sessions silently thanking the football gods that Miami is even worse than they are.

The G-Men allow 57.6 yards more per game, but the devil is in the details. First of all, the difference is partially offset by Washington giving away 13 more yards per contest in penalties. Believe it or not Big Blue is mid-pack in the NFL, stopping 60 percent of third-down attempts as compared to the Skins league-worst 37 percent.

Turning to the respective offenses, this is where the New York Giants have the biggest advantage despite missing their best player. Washington doesn’t have much of a ground game. They are the NFL’s 30th ranked team in both yards-per-game (46), and yards-per-carry (2.8). Without Barkley, the G-Men might not be much better this week, with all due respect to Wayne Gallman.

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Skins QB Case Keenum has been efficient so far, completing 69.3 percent of his passes and throwing seven touchdowns against three picks. Aside from rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, no one on that offense strikes fear in the hearts of their opponents. The Washington offense may get some yards on Sunday, but they certainly won’t explode for a cavalcade of points.

Coming off of last week’s win, all of Big Blue Nation is in love with quarterback Daniel Jones. His combination of skill and athleticism last week was a refreshing change of pace. Having an additional pair of go-to receivers, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton didn’t hurt either. The G-Men should be able to move the ball upfield all day against the Skins. One thing the offense must improve on is protecting Jones, he was sacked five times last week. Do that, and Big Blue should outscore the visitors.

There are two big X-factors in the game. The first has to do with Jones holding on to the ball. He has coughed it up three times in four-and-a-half quarters of action. Secondly, Washington has a very angry ex-Giants star playing safety. Landon Collins will do whatever he can to make the Giants miserable. Longtime fans of the G-Men know how disruptive a highly motivated Collins can be.

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