NFL Thursday Night Football Schedule & Predictions: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Week 4 of the 2014 National Football League begins this Thursday night with a clash of NFC East teams.
The New York Giants will take on the Washington Redskins in an NFL game that both teams are in much need of winning. Both the Giants and Redskins are 1-2 so far, trailing the Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) and the Dallas Cowboys (2-1) in the division:
New York Giants
The Giants lost their first two games of the season against the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals. After a busy offseason rebuilding the secondary with players such as Quintin Demps and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, head coach Tom Coughlin has to focus on the offense. The Giants have a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, who is still adjusting to Eli Manning's style of play.
In Week 3, Big Blue picked up their first victory of the season against the Houston Texans at home at MetLife Stadium. In that game, Manning had two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Newly acquired running back Rashad Jennings stole show rushing for a career-high 176 yards.
The Giants offensive line has been better than expected, but Manning must limit his turnovers. A lot of eyes will be on Cromartie, who should be guarding wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Just because the 2012 Rookie of the Year winner Robert Griffin III is out doesn't mean the Redskins are in trouble. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousin has played great so far this season. This year, Cousins has five touchdowns to just one interception and a 105.8 passer rating. The defense, on the other hand, is a different story.
The Redskins lost their first game of the season to the Texans, but rebounded with a dominating 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their Week 3 loss dropped them to 1-2. Playing at home will help against the Giants. Alfred Morris leads the team in rushing as expected and Pierre Garcon has been their best receiver so far.
Incredibly, the Redskins have scored the most points in the NFL over the last two weeks: 75.
Unfortunately, cornerback DeAngelo Hall will not be playing. He is scheduled to miss the entire season because of a torn achilles. It will be tough to stop Giants receiver Victor Cruz without their best cornerback on the field.
Where & When to Watch
The Giants will travel to Landover, Maryland to face the Redskins at FedEx Field. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 8:25 p.m. EST Thursday on CBS and the NFL Network.
The NFC East usually gives fans a great game to the finish, as we witnessed last week with the Redskins and Eagles. The Redskins have home field advantage and Cousins has been hot, but defensive issues in the secondary may hold them back. The Giants offense hasn't been impressive, but this could be their turning point. Coach Tom Coughlin has to let Manning throw the deep ball that he's very capable of throwing.
Giants win 27-24.
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