With today's game against the Carolina Panthers officially a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins set their focus back into NFC East play.*
With today's matchup against the Carolina Panthers in the rear-view mirror, the Washington Redskins turn their focus back to divisional play with some revenge at the top of their wish list.
The Redskins next Sunday play host to the New York Giants at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
Washington is hoping to avenge its 32-21 Week 3 loss to New York Sept. 24 at MetLife Stadium on Thursday Night Football. In that game, the Redskins' first road game of the season, Washington fell behind early when its punt on its opening drive was blocked and bounced out of bounds in the end zone, giving New York an early 2-0 lead.
The play ignited the home crowd for the Giants and gave them all the momentum heading forward.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-49 passes for 316 yards with one touchdown to two interceptions in that Week 3 matchup, while tight end Jordan Reed had six receptions for 96 yards. Running back Chris Thompson added 57 receiving yards and a touchdown, but Washington couldn't get its ground game going, with a combined 86 rushing yards from Thompson, Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, who lost a fumble near the goal line.
Rashad Ross did provide one highlight for the Redskins, when he returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown.
For the Giants, quarterback Eli Manning completed 23-of-32 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Reuben Randle (seven receptions, 116 yards) and Odell Beckham Jr. (seven receptions, 79 yards). Rashad Jennings – who blocked that Redskins' aforementioned punt – was held to just 32 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Since that Week 3 matchup, the Giants have battled some inconsistencies from week to week, as they entered their Bye Week last week with a 5-5 record, which is still good enough for tops in the NFC East.
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Since Week 4, the Giants have defeated the Buffalo Bills (24-10) and the San Francisco 49ers (30-27), lost to the Philadelphia Eagles (27-7), defeated the Dallas Cowboys (27-20), struggled defensively in a 52-49 loss to the New Orleans Saints, defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18 and entered their Bye Week off the heels of a hard-fought, 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots.
In that game against the Patriots, the Giants thought they had a big touchdown pass to Beckham Jr. on their final drive, but the play was reversed by video review. New York had to settle for a Josh Brown field goal to go up 26-24.
With 1:47 remaining, Tom Brady led his troops 44 yards on their final drive, converting a 4th and 10 at one point and giving kicker Stephen Gostkowski a 54-yard field goal attempt for the win. The kick was good with one second remaining, and New England escaped with its ninth straight victory.
Manning completed 24-of-44 passes for 361 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Beckham Jr. (four receptions, 10 4 yards, one touchdown) and Dwayne Harris (six receptions, 82 yards, one touchdown) each had big days for the Giants' offense.
Cornerback Trumaine McBride intercepted Brady, while the New York defense was led by linebacker Jasper Brinkley's 12 tackles with one sack and a forced fumble. Brown, meanwhile, converted all four of his field goal attempts and both extra-point attempts.
The Giants entered today's action ranked 12th in the league in total offense with 356.9 yards per game. Their 27.3 points scored per game ranks fourth in the NFL.
The New York defense, meanwhile, has been a different story, as their 420.9 yards allowed per game ranks 31st out of 32 NFL teams so far this season. They have been especially woeful against the pass, as they rank last in the league by allowing 309.9 passing yards per game.
But the Giants' defense has been aided in their past two games by the return of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed the first eight weeks of the season after an offseason fireworks accident required the removal of one finger and extensive work to two other fingers on his left hand.
Pierre-Paul, who has 42 sacks in his career, has two tackles and a pass defensed in his two games back this season, though he does have several quarterback pressures.
Manning is putting together another solid season under center for the Giants, as the two-time Super Bowl champ has completed 248-of-384 passes (64.6 percent) for 2,700 yards with 21 touchdowns to six interceptions. Jennings leads the team with 105 rushes for 403 yards (3.8 yards per carry) with one touchdown.
Beckham Jr., meanwhile, is showing no signs of a sophomore slump, as he has 63 receptions for 863 yards with eight touchdowns.
Rookie safety Landon Collins leads the Giants with 61 total tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception. Defensive end Damontre Moore paces the New York defense with three sacks.
Game note:Here's an additional fact and figure from next Sunday's Redskins-Giants matchup at FedExField, courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:
- The Redskins and Giants enter the 2015 season having previously faced each other 166 times. The Giants are the Redskins' most common opponent.