Game 12: Giants @ Redskins

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Updated: November 29, 2013
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When: Sunday December 1st @ 830 pm
Where: Fed Ex Field
TV: NBC- Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio: ESPN Radio: Sports Talk 980
Weather: Cloudy low of 30
History: Giants 92-64-4
Odds: Even (Over/under 45)

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Tonight’s Official Inactives
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
QB Rex Grossman
FB Darrel Young
TE Jordan Reed
TE Niles Paul
OL Josh LeRibeus
LB Brandon Jenkins
DB Chase Minnifield
NEW YORK GIANTS
QB Ryan Nassib
CB Corey Webster
RB Brandon Jacobs
CB Trumaine McBride
OL Stephen Goodin
TE Adrien Robinson
DE Jason Pierre-Paul

-Download tonight’s official Gameday program
-Watch: Redskins Gametime Episode 13
-Giants.com: Pregame photos
-The Redskins Blog: Complete infographic for tonight
-Giants.com: Stats intensive Infographic
-Giants @ Redskins: Ten game day thoughts
-Tarik El-Bashir previews Football Night in America as the Giants come to town tonight
-The Insider: Game day notes and fast facts
-The Redskins may be fading, but tonight’s fantasy stars are worth watching

As the NFL entered play on Thanksgiving Day, there were 24 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot, including 10 in the NFC. Entering the late games this afternoon, Atlanta was the only NFL team that had been officially eliminated.

The Redskins will play the second game of a three-game home stand on Sunday night when they host the New York Giants at Fed Ex Field. Cool, cloudy and calm conditions expected on Sunday night. Sunday’s meeting will be the 163rd between the Redskins and Giants all-time and with home wins against the Giants in 2011 and 2012, the Redskins are seeking their first three-game home winning streak against the Giants since a four game run from 1982-85. Washington has lost three straight, is 0-4 in prime time nationally televised games and has clinched a 10th losing season since 2000.

After an 0-6 start, the Giants have climbed back to 4-7. If not for a narrow loss to Dallas last week, New York would be riding a five game win streak. Now in his 10th NFL season, quarterback Eli Manning once again leads the Giants’ offense. Through 11 games this season, Manning has completed 224-of-394 passes for 2,760 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Running back Andre Brown, in his third season with New York, leads the Giants’ rushing attack with 69 carries for 308 yards and one rushing touchdown. Wide receiver Victor Cruz paces the Giants with 60 receptions for 851 yards and four touchdowns. Cornerback Prince Amukamara leads the Giants’ defense in tackles with 61. Eighth-year defensive end Mathias Kiwankua has amassed a team-leading four sacks this season. Antrel Rolle leads the Giants and is tied for first in the NFL with five interceptions.

-Official New York Giants release for Week 13.
-Giants.com with an Insider Scouting report of your Washington Redskins.
-Redskins X’s and O’s: Strategy with former Giants linebacker Carl Banks
-Giants First & 10: Redskins Game
-DE Jason Pierre-Paul and RB Brandon Jacobs ruled OUT for Giants on Sunday night
-Giants Online: Washington Game
-Giants Online with ten keys to a New York victory
-Rivalry with Redskins motivating the Giants for an “exciting” finish.
-As season winds down, five Giants with something to prove.
-Game preview and key matchups from NorthJersey.com
-Giants must shuffle defense to adjust for injuries.
-Giants counting on young cornerbacks to step up on Sunday night.
-Know Your Opponent: Washington Redskins
-At 4-7, the New York Daily news looks ahead to 2014.

At 3-8, the Redskins are going nowhere fast. The main question everyone is asking… where does the team go from here? The Redskins running game has been effective, running back Alfred Morris is closing in on 1,000 yards on the ground, leads the NFL’s top ranked rushing attack. Pierre Garcon has a chance to break some club records and he may get some help this week. The ‘Skins defense has really struggled defending the pass, ranked 25th in the league. Injuries have plagued the ‘Skins defensive unit and now defensive end Stephen Bowen is done for the season, scheduled for knee surgery next week. We may get our first look at Chase Minnifield on Sunday night as the cornerback has been called up from the practice squad. Washington has given up 37 touchdowns this season, the most in the NFL. The good news? The Giants have committed a league high 30 turnovers this season.

-CB Chase Minnifield’s path to the 53 man roster.
-Coaches sensed “insecurity” with Robert Griffin III about losing his job to backup Kirk Cousins.
-Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather taunts NY Giants WR Victor Cruz.
-Tight End Jordan Reed has been cleared to play Sunday night (concussion) INACTIVE
-Trent Williams focused on wiping out rough stretch.
-Hogs Haven @ SB Nation: Preview, TV schedule, stats, betting odds and more
-Redskins.com with four keys to the game.
-The Redskins losing recipe
-Inside The Redskins: Episode Sixteen
-Redskins Chronicles: Episode Twelve

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worst for RG3, it did. It started immediately after the beat down at the hands of San Francisco on Monday night in front of a national TV audience. Ahmad Brooks of the 49ers said that Griffin had not fully recovered from his knee injury and shouldn’t be on the field. Just about that same time, more off the field drama and the discussion surrounding RG3′s father, Robert Junior showing up in the locker room following the prime time loss. Griffin responded to RG2′s presence post game, telling those that questioned his family to “back up“. As for Griffin’s on the field struggles, Kirk Cousins fan club President Jon Gruden weighed in, saying the Redskins needed to give their backup QB a shot. Some believe that the franchise would be best served by benching RG3 and let him heal up for 2014. The other side of that argument is that Griffin needs every snap he can get, given the missed off-season due to injury rehab heading into the 2013 season. Griffin’s value entering the 2012 NFL draft weighed heavily on his running ability. What we are seeing now is him trying to adjust to life after a second knee surgery and become a pocket passer. Then there is this, QB guru: RG3′s issues could be more mental than physical. Several weeks ago we wondered if the slew of draft picks given up for the chance to draft Griffin was too steep. As glaring weaknesses continue to get exposed, week in and week out, more are asking if the St. Louis Rams got the better of the ‘Skins in the deal. Some are asking if the Redskins made a mistake even selecting Griffin, much less considering the hefty price tag. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Rams could get richer in the ’14 NFL Draft: The price for RG III is rising. Regardless, Griffin is having a season to forget.

On the other sideline, the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning are gaining momentum.

COACHES
-Coach Mike Shanahan news conference following Friday afternoon practice.
-ESPN’s Adam Caplan: Should Redskins coach Mike Shanahan be worried about his job?.
-Giants Coach Tom Coughlin addresses the media and Giants insiders preview the game.
-The Coughlin Corner: Next Man Up
-Both Shanahan and Coughlin are having difficult seasons.

CONNECTIONS
Former NY Giant
DL Barry Cofield (2006-2010)
Former Redskin
RB Andre Brown (2010)

STATS
NY Giants
Passing: Eli Manning – 224-394, 2760 yds, 14 tds
Rushing: Andre Brown – 69 car, 308 yds, 1 td
Receiving: Victor Cruz – 60 rec, 851 yds, 4 tds
Offense (24)
Pass 17th
Rush 25th
Defense (12)
Pass 15th
Rush 7th
Washington Leaders
Passing: Robert Griffin III – 238-398, 2832 yds, 14 tds
Rushing: Alfred Morris – 195 car, 970 yds, 5 tds
Receiving: Pierre Garcon – 75 rec, 919 yds, 3 tds
Offense (7)
Pass 16th
Rush 1st
Defense (28)
Pass 25th
Rush 14th

Weekend Injury Update
NY Giants
OUT: RB Brandon Jacobs-Knee; WR Kris Adams-Leg
PROBABLE: WR Hakeem Nicks -Abdomen
Washington
INACTIVE: RB Darrel Young-Hamstring; TE Niles Paul-Illness; TE Jordan Reed-Concussion

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
-Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels of NBC Sports at Redskins Park
-ESPN.com Giants reporter Dan Graziano joins our own John Keim: ESPN Double Coverage
-NFL Football Pick Against the Spread
-Week 13 looking at the numbers with SBRForum
-Odds, Analysis and Pick from Bleacher Report
-Who will win on Sunday night? Rant Sports
-Giants vs. Redskins 2013 picks and predictions: SB Nation
-Expectations dashed, both the Giants and Redskins forced to adjust their goals.
-Primetime battle at the bottom of the NFC East.

GAME NOTES
GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING has won 5 of past 7 starts at Was. Has started 146 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB…RB ANDRE BROWN has 9 rush TDs in his past 12. Rushed for 127 yards last week & is averaging 102.7 yards per game this season. RB BRANDON JACOBS has 3 rush TDs in past 4 meetings. Has team-record 60 career rush TDs…WR VICTOR CRUZ has 12 catches for 235 yards & TD in past 2 vs. Was. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 100+ yards. WR RUEBEN RANDLE has 6 rec. TDs in past 7. Leads team with 6 rec. TDs. WR LOUIS MURPHY, JR. & TE BRANDON MYERS each had TD last week…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 6 games vs. Was. S ANTREL ROLLE has 4 INTs, 2 sacks & FF in past 5. Leads team with 9 PD. CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA leads team w/ 61 tackles & is 2nd w/ 8 PD. DE JUSTIN TUCK has 9 sacks & 4 FFs in past 11 meetings. DT CULLEN JENKINS had 2 sacks last week…REDSKINS: In 2 career starts vs. NYG, QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has 105.9 rating & 161 rush yards (80.5 per game)…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 244 yards (122 per game) in 2 games vs. NYG. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 120+ yards. Has rushed for 593 yards (98.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 6…In last meeting, WR PIERRE GARÇON had 8 catches for 106 yards & TD. Has 28 catches for 407 yards (101.8 per game) & TD in past 4. Has 5+ catches in all 11 games in 2013. TE JORDAN REED leads NFC rookies w/ 45 catches…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 8.5 sacks & 4 FFs in past 13. Since entering NFL in 2011, is 1 of 2 players in NFL (NYG’s Pierre-Paul) w/ 20+ sacks (22.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has sack & INT-TD in career vs. NYG. LB LONDON FLETCHER has played in 251 consecutive games, 1 of 4 players in NFL history to accomplish feat. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 3.5 sacks in past 3. Had sack in his last game vs. NYG. CB DE ANGELO HALL has 5 career INTs vs. NYG. LB PERRY RILEY, JR. leads team w/ 81 tackles.

VIDEO
-A preview of the NFC East matchup from NFL Films
-Late Night Superlatives: Jimmy Fallon on the Giants-Redskins
-Should RG3 be playing? Kurt Warner weighs in on the NFL Network
-Odds maker’s react to Washington’s woes: Point spread and picks
-Donovan McNabb with FS1 on Mike Shanahan needing to be accountable
-ESPN First Take wonders if Coach Shanahan has thrown in the towel
-Former Redskins beat reporter Jason LaCanfora looks ahead to the Redskins future
-Pete Prisco and Kevin Corke with CBS share their thoughts on the Sunday night matchup
-The NFL Live countdown crew make their picks
-ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some stats

NEXT
The Redskins complete a three game home stand next Sunday, hosting the Kansas City Chiefs.

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