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Giants Stadium Has Been Tough On Redskins

For the Redskins, Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands has been a house of horrors in recent years.

Remember 2005? Washington lost 36-0 as the Giants out-gained the Redskins 386-125 in total yardage. Last year, the Redskins lost 19-3 to the Giants and were out-gained 411-164 in total yardage.

The last Redskins touchdown against the Giants at the Meadowlands? Patrick Ramsey threw a 13-yard TD pass to Clinton Portis in the Redskins' 20-14 loss to the Giants in 2004. Ramsey also threw three interceptions that game, replacing an injured Mark Brunell.

Joe Gibbs won his first three games at Giants Stadium from 1981-83, but since then he is 4-10 at the stadium, including a 17-0 loss to the Giants in the 1986 NFC Championship game.

As the Redskins get ready to play the 9-4 Giants on Sunday night in front of a national television audience, players are perplexed at how poorly they have played at Giants Stadium recently.

"For some reason, when we go to the Meadowlands, it's harder than other places," Marcus Washington said. "The fans are there pumping them up and the Giants always come out ready to play. It's a tough place to play. We have to be ready to take our best up there."

It's hoped that the Redskins' Week 9 win over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium--the two teams share the facility--helped eliminate some problems the team has encountered there.

The Redskins defeated the Jets 23-20 as Shaun Suisham kicked five field goals, including a 46-yard game-winner in overtime.

The last time the Redskins defeated the Giants at the Meadowlands? Go back to December 2003, when the Redskins defeated the Giants 20-7 in a game marked by a half-empty stadium and frigid temperatures.

The night before, a storm had dumped a foot of snow in the region.

On Sunday night, the Redskins and Giants are expected to face wintry weather conditions again. Weather forecasts call for a wintry mix, including light snow and freezing rain.

Two days last week, as the Redskins prepared for the Giants, they practiced in cold, rainy conditions at the team's facility in Ashburn, Va.

It's hoped that provides an advantage on Sunday night. The Giants usually practice in an indoor facility during bad weather.

"Like Coach Gibbs always says, we practice in it," Clinton Portis said. "That's how it's supposed to be on Sunday night. [The Giants] practice in a bubble. We are outside. Hopefully that will help us out."

Given the forecast for bad weather, Portis is anticipating a heavy workload on Sunday.

The last time he was at Giants Stadium, he put the offense on his shoulders and rushed for 196 yards against the Jets earlier this season.

"It's important to get the running game going in bad weather," Portis said. "You can't go out and throw the ball 70 times unless you are Brett Favre in this kind of weather."

Todd Collins makes his first NFL start in 10 years on Sunday night. He played in cold weather cities Buffalo from 1995-97 and Kansas City from 1998-2005, so he feels accustomed to playing in inclement weather.

"I grew up in Walpole next to Foxborough, Massachusetts, and this time of the year can be rough there, too" Collins said. "So we tend to not worry about the weather. We'll just deal with it when we get there."

Assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams doesn't mind cold weather games, either.

In fact, he relishes it.

"Hopefully that means a good defensive night," he said, smiling. "You always look for the wind to be howling and snow to be coming down and rain. You always like that as a defensive coach--maybe more than an offensive coach--so the more, the merrier."

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