The Washington Redskins, coming off a competitive loss 37-34, to the Philadelphia Eagles, must quickly regroup as they host another NFC East rival, the New York Giants, this Thursday night. The Redskins and Giants both enter the match up 1-2. The Giants were able to soundly defeat the Houston Texans 30-17 last week at home.
The Redskins look to improve on a poor defensive and special teams outing last week. For the defense the key is limiting Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s throwing time in the pocket. Manning has struggled over the past two seasons but came to life last week throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
The Redskins received bad news on Monday as they learned that both all-pro cornerback DeAngelo Hall, torn Achilles Tendon, and safety Duke Ihenacho, broken left foot, are out for the remainder of the season. The injury list for the Redskins this week includes 17 players, nearly one third of the roster.
On the offensive side of the ball, Kirk Cousins looks to continue putting up big numbers both on the field and the scoreboard. Cousins lit up the Eagles for 427 yards passing and three touchdowns. Cousins speaking about Thursday’s game, “It’s a great opportunity to be in the national spotlight and show the entire league what the Washington Redskins are about.” Cousins will get that opportunity as the Giants secondary is ranked near the bottom of the NFL is passing yards allowed.
Cousins on TNF: "It's a great opportunity to be in the national spotlight & show the entire league what the Washington #Redskins are about."
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 23, 2014
The Giants swept the Redskins last season, winning 24-17 on the road and 20-6 at home, and have won six of the last eight games in Washington.