It seems every year people discount the Giants after their early season struggles and then watch in amazement as they crawl from the ashes and go deep into the playoffs which has culminated in two Super Bowls during the Coughlin era.But this year feels a bit different especially after their gut wrenching loss to Dallas last week as time expired.The defeat shattered not only a four-game winning streak but perhaps any chance they had at laying claim to the NFC East title or a shot at a wild card berth.
However, because of their mediocre division and the struggles many other teams are suffering this season in the NFC, the door is not quite shut to a playoff opportunity but that door will close significantly with each loss from here on.But before we chalk up last week's loss as a tough break it's important to understand who New York has beaten during their recent run.The teams on the Giants hit list; Green Bay, Minnesota, Oakland and Philadelphia are a combined 17-25-2.Certainly the Giants have not been defeating any of the league's iron but a win is a win and their run stop defense is ranked a more than respectable 7th in the league, allowing only 98.8 yards per game.
Washington Redskins (3-8 SU, 3-8 ATS)
RG3 is a shining example that in sports, one day you're the peacock and the next day you're the feather duster.Although this precipitous fall from grace has manifested over the course of this season it was a different (and healthier) Robert Griffin III last year.In 2012 he gave NFL fans a glimpse of his vast potential while titillating Redskins fans with his effortless dashes into the endzone and a golden arm that saw him toss 20 TD's and pass for 3200 yards in his rookie campaign.But that was then and this is, unfortunately for RG3 and Redskins fans, now.
The Skins lost straight up last week at home and failed to cover as six-point underdogs in NFL odds to the San Francisco 49'ers.Now there's no shame losing to the Niners but the way they lost and Griffin's performance speaks volumes about where this team is headed.RG3 threw for only 127 yards with no touchdowns and was sacked four times.In fact, RG3 has been sacked four times in his last three games. How can a young man blessed with natural born athleticism and blazing speed get tracked down so often by defending pursuers?He has already tossed 11 interceptions which is more than double the number he had as a rookie.How do we explain all this God-given talent suddenly abandoning this legend in the making.Quite simple - the kid is hurt.His knee is prohibiting him from cutting and eluding pass rushers and his passing mechanics have been compromised as well.It's time the Skins sat him down for good and stop jeopardizing his future as well as the teams'.
The one thing the Redskins do well is run the ball but it just so happens that the Giants are very good at stopping the run.In addition to their offensive woes the Washington defense is downright offensive.They cannot stop the pass and that will be money for somebody like Eli Manning who has the experience and the ability to make weak secondaries look helpless.
The Redskins have a short week after their Monday night loss to San Francisco and the Giants should be licking their chops at the opportunity to get back on track because if they miss the train on this one they might as well pack up and go home.