By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins will look to bounce back after their embarrassing loss on Monday night. The Giants may be the easiest opponent Washington has faced so far. However, Daniel Jones has revitalized the Giants offense, so this will be no walk in the park.
This is yet another week for the defense to show fans some glimmer of hope. This is also an important week for Keenum to show that Monday night was just a fluke and that he is, in fact, the best option for the starting job.
How can they win
The Giants are a much better team now that Daniel Jones took over as the signal-caller. The offense put up 32 points in his first start. The Redskins will need to control the time of possession. To do this, they must have success with the ground game.
Teams have shut down Washington’s RBs so far. They are averaging a dreadful 48 rushing yds/game. The defensive front for the Giants is much weaker than any opponent the Skins have faced so far. If there is any week to get the running game going, it’s this one.
Players to watch for Washington
Montez Sweat: Sweat was off to a slow start in his first two games. He recorded his first sack Monday night when he flew past the LT and ran down a speedy Trubisky. The Redskins drafted Sweat for his freakish athleticism, and hopefully, this is just the beginning for him. He has a great matchup against an aging Nate Solder.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson is only averaging 2.8 yds/carry through two games. This will be the first team the Redskins have faced that doesn’t have a scary defensive front. I expect Peterson to have a big day against a defense that is giving up 117 rushing yds a game.
Case Keenum: After his worst game of the season by far, Keenum must bounce back if he wants to keep his job. Many fans want the Haskins era to begin. However, I don’t think the time is right. If they start him now, he will have to face a defense next week that has yet to give up a TD through three games. I believe if they are pressed on starting Haskins, they should at least wait until after the Patriots game.
Landon Collins: Collins signed with Washington after the Giants let him walk in free agency. At only the age of 25, he is marked as one of the best young safeties in the league. So far Collins has played decent but has yet to be that impact player the Redskins were looking for when they signed him to a six-year, $84 million deal. He has not been shy of showing frustration towards the Giants since they let him walk. Expect him to be playing with a huge chip on his shoulder Sunday.
Players to watch for New York
Daniel Jones: Danny Dimes couldn’t have asked for a better debut. 112 QB rating and a game-winning TD run is about as good as it gets. Jones might have a field day against the Redskins secondary. The pass rush must make Jones uncomfortable if they want to stop him.
Evan Engram: With Golden Tate on a four-game suspension, Engram has stepped up as the leading receiver for the Giants. He already has 23 receptions for 277 yds and 2 TDs. If the Redskins want to stop the Giants passing game, they must come up with a gameplan that contains him.
Janoris Jenkins: Mike Evans torched Jenkins last game. He gave up eight receptions for 188 yds and 3 TDs. This is an excellent opportunity for another big game for McLaurin, who continues to prove himself every week.
Prediction: Giants win 34-27
Until this defense improves, I don’t see how the Redskisn can win a game. Daniel Jones exceeded every expectation and shredded Tampa’s defense. Washington’s secondary is an even easier target, especially with Jones now having some experience under center. I believe the offense will bounce back, but there is no reason to believe this defense magically improves until Manusky is out the door.