3 Things for Redskins to win
1. Continue to pound the rock. The Redskins have been quite the surprise thus far this season and it starts up front on the offensive line. They have been able to control the line of scrimmage against the formidable Dolphins and Rams fronts rushing for a league high 343 yards in 2 games. The Skins not only have Alfred Morris in the backfield but impressive third round pick Matt Jones who put the NFL on notice last week rushing for 123 yards and 2 TDs last week. Talk about a 1-2 punch that possesses thunder and more thunder as both backs are a load to take down which can really wear on a defense. Continue to run the ball effectively and it increases your chances of coming away with the W.
2. Kirk Cousins needs to continue his efficient play. The offseason decision to start Cousins over the maligned Robert Griffin has panned out thus far as Cousins did a very good job last week of managing the game and not turning the ball over. Coach Jay Gruden needs to continue to help his young quarterback out by running the football and not try to prove to the world that he made the correct decision by throwing the football 30+ times during prime time football.
3. Where is ODB? Odell Beckham is the number 1 playmaker on the Giants offense so please don’t let him single handedly beat you like he almost did to the Falcons in Week 2. Double cover the second year phenom while being physical with him at the line of scrimmage. The last time these two teams met Beckham had 12 receptions for 143 yards and 3 TDs, don’t let that happen again.
3 Things for Giants to win
1. Play and execute for 4 quarters. The Giants have had two gut wrenching defeats in their first 2 games of the season losing double digit leads in the fourth quarter of both games. And most of the blame is on their Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning who’s late game mistakes have them at 0-2 instead of 2-0.
2. Force Kirk Cousins to beat you. Stack the box in this game, sellout against the run, and force Cousins to throw the ball downfield. Cousins had an easy go of it last week dinking and dunking the Rams to a tune of 23 completions out of 27 passes for 203 yards and 1 TD. That is an average of only 7.5 yards per pass attempt. Force him to drive the ball downfield because that is when the young QB tends to make his mistakes. Capitalize on those mistake and turn defense into offense.
3. Someone else needs to step up in the Giants passing game. Everything can’t be on ODB. The Giants moved on from Preston Parker and Victor Cruz still isn’t right. Rueben Randle, Larry Donnell, and Shane Vereen have to make their collective presence felt.
What to watch for…
Matt Jones. The 3rd round selection out of the University of Florida opened eyes during the preseason. He was an after thought in Week 1 but his eye-opening performance in Week 2 showed what he’s capable of. We expect Jones to be a big part of the offense tonight and through the season. Enjoy the uncommon combination of power, speed and elusiveness in the 230 lbs. back.
The Front Office Says…
The New York Giants win.