NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Giants (1-6) at Redskins (4-2)
Coming out of the preseason, there were pundits predicting the New York Giants could be a surprise contender in the NFC East behind dynamic rookie Saquon Barkley and a healthy Odell Beckham.
Not much was expected from Washington, which should have caught our attention. Washington has its best seasons when nothing is expected. They are off to a similar start this season, racking up a division-leading 4-2 record while the Giants appear to have hit bottom.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur insists each week his team just needs a break or two to turn the tide. If there was any doubt the Giants drowned, it was eliminated with the trades of starting cornerback Eli Apple and premier run stopper, Snacks Harrison.
If the Giants were going to win any games, it would be because of their improving defense. Now it is missing two big cogs as the fire sale begins under a white flag.
Washington hasn’t exactly lit the division on fire, but they have a couple of quality wins against Green Bay and Carolina, and an inexplicable loss to Indianapolis.
But there have been more good games than bad, and in a weak NFC East, that’s reason for optimism. If they take care of business this week, they’ll be 5-2 with two division wins under their belt. The best anyone else will be is 4-4.
Injuries and notes
The same names occupy Washington’s injury list from last week. Chris Thompson, Paul Richardson, and Jameson Crowder all missed last week’s victory against Dallas. All remain questionable for this week.
Offensive tackle Morgan Moses suffered an elbow injury against Dallas and is listed as questionable along with cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau, and safety Troy Apke.
New York traded cornerback Eli Apple to New Orleans and is rumored to have sent nose tackle Damon Harrison to Detroit.
Backup guard Patrick Omameh is questionable along with the Giants fourth and fifth receivers.
Just a few weeks ago, there was speculation about Jay Gruden’s job. Now there are memes around Washington with the caption, “Glad we got the good Gruden!”
Washington has a chance to run away with the NFC East, with the defending Super Bowl champs trying to shake their hangover and the Cowboys looking or more pieces. Revamped expectations might come back to haunt the younger Gruden come season’s end.
Pat Shurmur had one of those weeks where he was defending himself or the team with every question or comment. His decision to go for a two-point conversion might have statistical support, but it failed the common sense NFL test.
Having Eli Manning dive into the worst offensive line in the league twice as time ran down on an improbable comeback was inexcusable. Manning’s 50-plus yard pass to Sterling Shepard gave the Giants life. Then he sucked it out of them by wasting the last minute of the game.
You don’t see first-year coaches fired often, especially by an organization who strives for stability. But Shurmur is hearing the same complaints and comments he heard on his first go-round.
How to watch the Redskins vs Giants game
Much of the eastern and southern United States will see this game courtesy of Fox Sports. Many of us will watch Fox’ live stream feed over internet-connected TVs and other devices thanks to Fubo TV.
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Who will win the Redskins v Giants game?
Eli Apple was having a decent season after writing off a sophomore season full of controversy and subpar play. The Giants offered him a clean slate, but it is understandable that they would want to move him before another meltdown.
But if the rumors of popular nose tackle Snacks Harrison are true and if there are other trades, the Giants better be ready for some fan hostility. Washington can put another nail in the G-men’s coffin and they will.
Final score: Redskins 27, Giants 13