After a huge comeback win last week to beat the Jaguars and improve to 7-4 on the season, the Giants will now face the Washington Redskins at home for a chance to re-gain a share of the NFC East lead. The Eagles defeated the Texans on Thursday to improve to 8-4 on the year. But a banged up giants team may have its hands full against the 5-6 Redskins.
The Giants first and second string receivers will both be out this week. Leading receiver Hakeem Nicks has a leg injury and will begin working out next week. Steve smith was listed as doubtful with a hurt pectoral muscle, and will most likely not play, which will leave Mario Manningham as the Giants top receiver. Eli Manning will mostly be targeting Manningham, along with Tight End Kevin Boss and wide receiver Derek Hagan. The Giants’ offensive line is also not at full strength: offensive tackle Shawn Andrews is out, and tackle David Diehl is listed as probable.
At 5-6, the Redskins are in third place in the NFC east, but have been struggling recently. Franchise Runningback Clinton Portis was placed on IR and rookie Ryan Torain has a hamstring injury and is listed as doubtful. Most of the weight will fall on Keiland Williams which means that you can expect Donovan McNabb to throw a lot of passes on Sunday. If Giants defensive ends Osi Umenyora and Justin Tuck can put pressure on McNabb, then the Giants should be able to keep the Redskins offense quiet and win this game.