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Game 4 preview
Sunday Sept 22, 1:00 PM - Redskins at Giants

Giants (1-2) Redskins (0-3)
The Redskins lost their Monday night game to the Chicago Bears, 31-15. It wasn't their best outing. They are now 0-3, losing in their first game by 5 points, the second by 10, and this one by 16.
On Sunday the Giants didn't take the lead in the game until there were less than two minutes left. Tampa Bay's comeback failed with a missed field goal attempt. The Giants ended up with a 32-31 win, their first of the season.

Washington Redskins
It's been tough over the years for the Washington fans. Since 2000 they've topped 8 wins only four times. The first two, 2005 (10-6) and 2007 (9-7), got them into the playoffs as a wild card team. They lost in the divisional playoff game in 2005, and in 2007 lost the wildcard game. The more recent ones, 2012 (10-6), and 2015 (9-7), had the Redskins winning the NFC East division titles, where they then went on to lose in the wild card playoff games.
In the draft, the Redskins picked quarterback
Dwayne Haskins at No. 15. The Giants were up first, and could have done that, but instead selected Duke's Daniel Jones with their No. 6 pick. Sources say that Washington was interested in both quarterbacks, with Jay Gruden and his staff favoring Jones, and owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen preferring Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. As it turned out, they didn't have both options available to them at the time.

Redskins Offense
Quarterback Case Keenum did not do well in the Monday night 31-15 loss to Chicago. Keenum turned the ball over five times, and was dealing with a foot injury this week. His boot was removed, and he is slated to start this week despite some calls for rookie Dwayne Haskins to get his first shot. Currently the Giants defense ranking is in next to last place in the NFL, having given up an average of both points (31.3) and total yards 460.3), and last place in passing yards (332.3) per game.
You would think that Jay Gruden would like that matchup for Haskins, but he feels that Keenum gives him his best shot for a win. One thing you do have to consider is that even including their last game against a tough Chicago defense, Keenum is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He has 7 touchdowns against 3 interceptions, all of which came playing Chicago.
Top receiver Terry McLaurin is listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, but should play. If he's slowed at all, it would benefit Janoris Jenkins, who had trouble covering Tampa Bay's Mike Evans last week. Adrian Peterson is the lead rusher, but he's averaging just 2.8 yards per attempt, down from 4.2 over last year. The Redskins are averaging just 48 yards a game. Chris Thompson is a dual threat running and catching. He totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage last game.

Redskins Defense
The defense is giving up 31 points a game, and allowing their opponents to convert on over 63 percent of third downs. The opposition has been able to complete 79 percent of their passes. The strength of the defense is up front with linemen Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Matt Ioannidis joined by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and rookie Montez Sweat. In this game, they won't have to deal with Daniel Jones, a mobile quarterback, and Saquon Barkley on the field together, and wide receiver Golden Tate won't be back until next week.
The Redskins weakness is in the secondary, even though they have cornerback Josh Norman, and former safety for the Giants, Landon Collins. Collins really wanted a long term contract with the Giants, but they let him walk in free agency. Collins will have to stay cool in this first game against his former teammates, and not allow his emotions to take over.

Giants Offense
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will be making his second start, this time in front of the home crowd. Last week he led the Giants back from an 18 point deficit in their win over Tampa Bay. Jones had a real good connection with receivers Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard, completing 13 of 17 passes to them. Each came away with a touchdown, and had 100 yard and 100 yard plus games. Rookie Darius Slayton also had his first start after coming off a hamstring injury. He looked impressive on the field with his blocking, and he was the next leading receiver with 3 catches for 82 yards.
What Saquon Barkley brings to the field can't be ignored by opposing defenses. The Buccaneers did surprisingly well containing Barkley until he was injured. Wayne Gallman is now on the spot to give the Giants a rushing attack that must be respected, as Barkley is expected to miss a number of weeks with his sprained right ankle.
Overall Jones got off to a great start, but it won't last long if he continues with his combination of indifference and unawareness in the pocket, as defenders zero in on him. Tampa Bay hit him 11 times and sacked him five times, causing two fumbles. The offensive line could be responsible for some of that, as well as not providing better run blocking for Barkley while he was still in the game.

Giants Defense
Do they need a better pep talk before the games? I each one so far they've started out poorly before turning things around in the second half. The ratio of points given up is 70-24. It looked like the Giants were in trouble last week when rookie Ryan Connelly had to take over the call signaling in place of linebacker Alec Ogletree. Ogletree suffered a strained hamstring after recovering a fumble, that was then ruled an incomplete pass. In the second half of the game, even without Ogletree, the Giants defense held Tampa Bay's scoring to just 3 points.
The Redskins offensive line will be missing center Chase Roullier, who has been ruled out with a knee injury, and right guard Brandon Scherff is questionable with an ankle injury. The Giants will see l
eft guard Ereck Flowers on the field playing against them. Flowers has done well for Washington, allowing only five hurries, no sacks, and no quarterbacks hits this season. Dexter Lawrence and B.J. Hill could put him to the test. Linebacker Markus Golden leads the team with 3 sacks, getting two last week. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins has asked for more up front pressure. Even with the Giants getting four sacks against the Bucs, the defense saw Mike Evans rack up 190 yards and three touchdowns.

The Giants didn't take over the lead last week until there was just over one minute left. Even with that, Tampa Bay could have won except they missed on an easy field goal attempt. This upcoming matchup could have been a game between two teams looking for their first win of the season. Instead the Giants have a chance to go 2-2 with a win over the struggling Redskins.
The Redskins have already taken losses to two teams in their division, the Eagles and the Cowboys. Losing this one to the Giants would complete the unwanted trifecta. If that happens, the Redskins won't be able to even things out until the very end of the season, where they finish up the last three weeks playing in succession, the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys.

NFC East Games
Thursday at 8:20pm Eagles (1-2) at Packers (3-0). - Eagles win 34-27, Eagles (2-2), Packers (3-1).
Sunday at 1:00pm Redskins (0-3) at Giants (1-2)
Sunday at 8:20pm Cowboys (3-0) at Saints (2-1).
The Giants and Cowboys are the only NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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Giants and Redskins over 3 games have the same record as far as points scored (63) and given up (94).
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