After taking a look at the two offenses, it’s time to pick apart the defense of the Redskins and the Giants.
The Redskins only give up 21 points per game, but their defense is going to have to be flawless in Week 15 against the Giants. With a backup QB starting, Washington can’t afford to give up the big play to New York and try to play catch up with a sub par offense. Expect the Redskins to make Eli put the ball in the air by challenging Brandon Jacobs on the ground after his fumbles against Philadelphia. This could work to the Giants advantage however since they might go into the game with a passing game plan with Jacobs’ struggles fresh in their mind. The Redskins defense might be put in tough spots if the G-Men can pin the Washington offense deep in their zone and create great field position.
The G-Men have three players in the NFL’s Top 13 in sacks. Osi Umenyora (12.0), Michael Strahan (9.0), and Justin Tuck (9.0) lead the defensive charge for a Giants team that gives up 20.8 points per game (12th in the league). New York is coming off two big NFC wins, defeating the Bears and Eagles are currently in the middle of a run where they can ruin the postseason aspirations of every team they play (CHI, PHI, WAS, BUF). You would have to think Washington is going to pursue a running game as long as they can with Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, and with the Giants pass rush, this could be a repeat of what we saw against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles when the Giants unleashed a flurry of sacks. The defense of the G-Men has been winning game for New York of late, giving the offense every opportunity to put the opposition away, something the Giants have yet to figure out how to do. Expect another outstanding performance from the big blue wrecking crew this Sunday.