By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins will face the Giants on Sunday in what will most likely be the battle for the second overall pick. Many fans would rather them lose so that they will have the best shot at Chase Young. We have seen the Redskins play well in the past weeks, beating the Lions and Panthers and nearly pulling off the upset last week.
As of now, the Redskins are the better team, but that does not always mean they will win. The Redskins are notorious for losing games they are supposed to win. I expect this matchup to be relatively close for most of the game.
How can they win?
Haskins is coming off of his breakout game and is an entirely different QB than the one the Giants faced in week four. When asked about that game, Haskins said: “I throw up watching that film.” He has grown a lot since their first meeting, and hopefully, he can carry the momentum from the last game into this week.
The defense will need to get back to how they played in weeks 13 and 14. It looks as if Daniel Jones will be taking back the starting duties. Jones did not have a great game the last time they met, throwing only one TD to two INTs. Manusky should disguise a lot of coverages to confuse Jones, which will hopefully lead to him making bad decisions.
Players to watch for Washington
Steven Sims: Sims had 5 receptions on 11 targets for 45 yards and one TD last week. Each week it seems Sims is getting more opportunities to shine. Outside of McLaurin, there had not been much help at the WR position. Hopefully, Sims can build off of his performance going against a weak Giants secondary.
Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen: Both Payne and Allen have not played to the level we have expected them to this season. Pro Football Focus has given Payne a 68.5 grade and Allen an underwhelming grade of 57.3. They are facing one of the best RBs in the league in Saqoun Barkley, so they will both need to step up.
Landon Collins: Collins had a couple of missed tackles last week. He signed a six-year deal with Washington this offseason worth $84 million. He has not played bad, but many believe he has not played up to his contract. Collins will most likely look for revenge against his former team.
Players to watch for New York
Saquon Barkley: The Giants offense is not one that will light up the scoreboard, and they have struggled for most of the season. However, they still have one of the best offensive weapons in the league. Barkley has not quite recaptured his magic of last season but is still extremely dangerous. He has excellent vision and can easily make the defense look like they are playing on ice.
Golden Tate: Tate has not performed to the level I thought he would in New York. He missed the first game against the Redskins due to his four-game suspension. Tate is a receiver that can easily make the highlight reel. I have always felt he could be a top WR, but he is not consistent enough. That said, it is still important to always keep an eye on him, because he does make plays when his team needs him the most.
Prediction: Redskins win 24-21
I believe the Redskins will come out on top in this game. The two QBs will most likely decide who wins. The Giants took a lot of heat in the offseason after they selected Jones over Haskins. If both QBs work out for their respected organizations, this could be the start of a very intriguing rivalry.
Overall, the Redskins have had the hot hand to close out the season. The secondary had played well, and the offense is improving each week. The Giants, on the other hand, have not gotten better as the season has progressed. They have won only one game since the last time they played Washington, and that came last week to the Dolphins.