Don’t look now, but the Giants won three out of their last four games and are just one defensive stop away from winning four straight. This was after Odell Beckham’s prediction that the team would rattle off 8 straight victories and snag a wild-card spot.
The Giants went away from a winning game plan in the second half of Week 12, allowing Philadelphia to kill that dream. They almost lost hope for a .500 season when they frittered away a 10-point lead with less than two minutes remaining against the Bears last week.
Fortunately, their defense, which has shown a consistent inability to maintain effectiveness through four quarters, made one final stop in overtime to seal a 30-27 upset of the NFC North leaders.
Now comes Washington, who will try to snap a three-game losing streak with a third-string quarterback and a banged-up troupe of skill players.
Adrian Peterson will lead the running attack one week after failing to gain 100 yards despite an 88-yard touchdown run. Chris Thompson returned to the lineup but looked like a shell of his usual self.
Chronically injured Josh Doctson finds himself the healthiest option at wide receiver as the offense tries to do enough to make an above-average defense stand up.
Injuries and notes
Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was active for the first time last week, but Pat Shurmur says Eli Manning will be the starter as long as the Giants are mathematically in the playoff race.
The Giants’ All-Pro safety, Landon Collins, was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury that requires surgery. He played most of last week’s game with the injury despite being in obvious pain.
New York also lists three linebackers as questionable, along with tight end Evan Engram (hamstring).
Backup quarterback Colt McCoy’s chance to shine crashed to a halt when he broke his fibula last week. Mark Sanchez came in, but he was only familiar with about 20% of the Redskins’ playbook.
Jay Gruden had his team in good position until the injury bug hit his quarterback. Whether that will be enough to buy him another year at the helm is unlikely, according to local beat writers.
Of course, a suspect and injured Giants defense could right the Redskins’ ship for a while. Gruden worked around other injuries all year. Why not now?
Pat Shurmur would rather see his Giants continue their winning ways. Shurmur put Kyle Lauletta in a position to take some mop-up duty, but will he pull the trigger and start Lauletta once the Giants are eliminated?
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Who will win the Redskins-Giants game?
The loss of Landon Collins will hurt the Giants more than if Eli Manning went down. He is the most active player on defense by far. Sanchez has a chance to take advantage if the Giants can’t get pressure on him.
Washington has the superior defense and could give Eli problems. New York needs Saquon Barkley and Beckham to have another big day. Even that might not be enough if the Redskins run the ball effectively.