The Washington Redskins and New York Giants are both looking to improve to 2-2 as they face each other on Thursday Night Football.
Chris Baker fine – Washington Redskins defensive lineman escapes fine despite hit on Nick Foles
DeAngelo Hall – Redskins cornerback out for season with torn Achilles
Odell Beckham – New York Giants rookie wide receiver has limited practice
The Washington Redskins are coming off a 37-34 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, where quarterback Kirk Cousins made his first start of the 2014 season following a dislocated ankle injury to Robert Griffin III.
Cousins had an impressive performance with 427 yards and three touchdown passes with one interception, which allowed the Eagles to take a 10-point lead that was later cut to three.
Despite his costly turnover, Cousins showed that he is the man in Washington going forward. His stint as the Redskins’ starting quarterback will only be made easier with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as the starting wide receivers.
However, the Redskins will have to keep going forward without their starting tight end, Jordan Reed, who is out with a hamstring injury. Niles Paul has filled in admirably though.
For the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning will look to put together another impressive performance after throwing two touchdowns without a turnover against the vaunted Houston Texans defense.
Running back Rashad Jennings also continued to establish himself as the top rushing threat for the Giants by rushing for a career-high 176 yards with a touchdown.
A key matchup to watch for in this game will be the Giants’ secondary vs. the Redskins’ wide receivers. Although the Giants pass defense has not been particularly threatening, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara together have the potential to stop a duo as dangerous and Garcon and Jackson.
However, the Redskins will have home-field advantage and are looking to avenge last week’s loss.
Prediction: Redskins 28, Giants 20