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Who: Redskins (1-1) at Giants (0-2)
What: Week 3 on Thursday Night Football
When: Thursday, 8:25 p.m. (ET)
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
All-time: Series tied, 97-65-4
Recent Streak: Ginats have won four straight
Last meeting: Giants, 24-13
The Washington Redskins travel up the coast to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants in Week 3.
The Redskins are riding high after a dominating 24-10 performance against the St. Louis Rams, while the Giants already find themselves in a 0-2 hole fighting for relevance in the NFC East. Both are seeking to take advantage of a very vulnerable NFC East division, with Philadelphia struggling at 0-2 and Dallas, at 2-0, missing its two best offensive players in Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
The Giants have had a heartbreaking first two weeks, losing in the last two minutes of each game. Tony Romo created some magic and pulled one out at the very last second, and the Atlanta Falcons got the job done late in the game as well. It’s hard to believe that Eli Manningand the Giants will let another loss happen.
The Redskins came out like a bat out of hell in the first half of the Rams game last week, compiling a 17-0 first half lead led by the powerful running of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris, along with the consistent play of Kirk Cousins. The hometown boys cruised to a 24-10 win. Most Redskins fans agree that it may have been the most complete first half, and perhaps game, they had seen in quite some time.
The Giants have had a pretty rough time getting out of the gates in this 2015 campaign. In both games they have held a sizable lead, only to blow leads of 23-13 vs. the Cowboys and 20-10 to the Falcons (both in the 4th quarter). The G-Men are going to come after the Redskins hard, as the annual rumblings about Tom Coughlin’s job have surfaced and the Giants can ill afford to start the season 0-3.
Each of these teams’ 2 meetings last year was a pretty one-sided affair in the Giants’ favor. Kirk Cousins started in one of those games, another Thursday night matchup at home, in which he threw 4 interceptions in a 45-14 rout. The Redskins are hoping that Kirk does not repeat this performance en route to a similar defeat. The last time the Redskins traveled to MetLife Stadium, Odell Beckham scored 3 TDs and the Giants handled the Redskins 24-13. The Redskins’ secondary hopes to eliminate the memory of that game with a good performance as well.
This NFC East showdown against the Washington Redskins will play a massive role in determining what type of season the G-Men have in 2015. If they fall to 0-3, they may never recover, especially with a Week 4 road game in Buffalo next.
Expect the Giants to bring their best possible game and for this one to be exciting throughout.