New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins: Preview & Prediction

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:   Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants meets  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins after the Giants 27-23 win at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The biggest NFC East game of the season takes place Monday night when the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants. Big Blue can pretty much wrap up the division with a win, but the 'Skins can make it extremely interesting otherwise. 

Here's our final preview and a prediction for what should be an extremely good matchup between two red-hot teams.


What New York must do to win, offensive edition: Strike big once or twice against a very vulnerable pass defense. This is not a game in which balance is the ultimate key. 

What New York must do to win, defensive edition: Limit Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III on the ground. The 'Skins picked up 248 yards rushing in the first meeting.  


What Washington must do to win, offensive edition: Commit one or zero turnovers. Washington had 480 yards of offense in the first meeting, but turned it over four times. That was the difference. If the Redskins can limit turnovers Monday night, they should prevail. 

What Washington must do to win, defensive edition: Don't give up any home runs. That was the case for the majority of the day in that first meeting, but Victor Cruz's late 77-yard touchdown broke their back. 


Five most important non-quarterbacks, Giants edition: Mathias Kiwanuka, Hakeem Nicks, Michael Boley, Chase Blackburn, Ahmad Bradshaw

Kiwanuka is red hot right now and could line up anywhere as a key cog in stopping RG3. He'll be expected to complement Jason Pierre-Paul in the pass rush, even more so than Osi Umenyiora or Justin Tuck.

Nicks will likely draw the struggling Josh Wilson and is a big play waiting to happen. Boley and Blackburn, meanwhile, will be responsible for slowing down one of the league's best running games. And a lot of pressure is on Bradshaw to help establish balance with Andre Brown out.


Five most important non-quarterbacks, Redskins edition: Trent Williams, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Hall, Cedric Griffin, Josh Wilson

Williams has to protect Griffin's blind side against a pass rush that is one of the fiercest in football, while Morris will be relied upon to provide balance and make some plays on the ground.

Hall and Griffin are playing very good football right now and could be game-changers if they can hold up against Nicks and Victor Cruz, but the Giants will likely try to pick on the struggling Wilson. All three corners have to play well against that passing attack.


Injury analysis, Giants edition: Kenny Phillips is doubtful with a new knee injury, but the Giants are very deep right now at the safety position, so that isn't a game-changer. David Wilson will have an increased role in place of Andre Brown, which likely scares Tom Coughlin a little, but could pay off. 


Injury analysis, Redskins edition: Williams wasn't effective due to that thigh bruise last week. He has to play and play well for the 'Skins to succeed. Jury's still out there, as he was limited in practice all week. Same goes for London Fletcher, but at least this team has won with him struggling this season. 


B/R NFC East Blog prediction

I still think the Giants take care of business in the NFC East, but not before one more hiccup against a Washington team that has arguably outplayed them the last three times the teams have met. Both teams have a lot of momentum, but I'll take the equally-as-well-rested 'Skins at home.

Redskins 27, Giants 26