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Giants vs Redskins Game Preview

We’re finally here. After the draft, mini camps, training camp, and preseason, we’re finally at the regular season. I cannot wait to start. The Giants take on the Redskins in this Week 1 matchup. There are many things to look for. Will the Giants receivers step up? How will Eli Manning respond in his first game after his big payday? How will a depleted secondary react? We break it down for you.

INJURIES:

Inactives: CB Aaron Ross (hamstring),  CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), OL Adam Koets (ankle), LB Clint Sintim (groin), WR Ramses Barden, G Tutan Reyes, T Guy Whimper and DT Leger Douzable.

OFFENSE:

All the talk in Giant land this offseason has been the receivers. We here at GiantsGab have been leading the bandwagon in support of the wideouts. It’s time for them to put up or shut up. If they perform, if they don’t drop balls, then the naysayers will step aside. If not, we’ll have to re-examine. I think they can perform. And, quite frankly, the Skins will stack the box with eight, maybe nine guys waiting to stop the run game. That will lead to more opportunities down the field. If they hold onto the ball, then this should be an easy game. If not, then the defense will have to really step up.

Brandon Jacobs is one of the most important players in this game, and for the Giants in general. He is key to neutralizing  Albert Haynesworth. His pounding of the line will lead to big plays for Ahmad Bradshaw. And again, if the receivers can be successful, that will open up more plays for Jacobs.

I’ve seen some people harping on Eli Manning, and, frankly, I have to disagree. He’s a franchise QB. In this game, he’ll have to complete short passes, and I think you’ll see a lot of those in Kevin Boss’s direction. For the offense to be successful, everyone has to step up against a very good Redskins defense.

DEFENSE:

The Redskins have a receiver problem. But luckily for them, the Giants secondary is ravaged with injuries. Kevin Dockery and Aaron Ross are both out. That leaves Bruce Johnson as the nickel corner. Corey Webster will have to stop Santana Moss. If he does that, the pressure is off Terrell Thomas and Johnson. Thomas might have his hands full with Malcolm Kelly, who’s a big, powerful receiver. Look for the Redskins to use Chris Cooley in the slot more, forcing the G-Men to cover Cooley with Johnson. Don’t be surprised if they summon DeAndre Wright from the practice squad for depth.

The Giants, in order to take pressure off the secondary, will have to generate a consistent pass rush, and stop the run. That task lies on the defensive line. If Tuck, Osi, Canty and company can get a push on the offensive line, stop Clinton Portis, and force Jason Campbell to make poor decisions, the secondary won’t be a problem. If not, the secondary will have to step up. Simple as that.

THE REDSKINS:

The key to beating the Redskins is stopping, or containing, Clinton Portis. One of the best backs when healthy, Portis can beat a team singlehandedly. If they can stop him, it’s a win. If not, it could be a long day. There are questions at QB with Jason Campbell. While undoubtedly talented, he hasn’t proven it on the field consistently. Pressure, pressure, and more pressure will make his life miserable. Outside of Santana Moss, the Skins don’t really have a trusted wideout. Chris Cooley is more of a H-Back, but is still tough to defend against.

The Redskins defense starts with Albert Haynesworth, their prized acquisition in the offseason. Haynesworth takes up space, leaving room for defensive ends like Brian Orakpo to run free. You can’t really stop Haynesworth, but a clock control offense that wears him out is important.

PREDICTION:

This is not a great matchup for the Giants. The Redskins have a very good defense, led by Haynesworth. Plus, the Giants defense is banged up. However, I think the Giants run defense is good enough to control Portis, and Jacobs will be able to wear down Haynesworth. FINAL SCORE: Giants 14, Redskins 10

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

OTHER INFO:

Be sure to check out RedskinsGab, for the latest news on the boys from the Nation’s capital

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