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RoanokeFan
12-15-2011, 04:11 PM
GIANTS VS. REDSKINS: KEY MATCHUPS (http://www.giants101.com/2011/12/15/new-york-giants-vs-washington-redskins-key-matchups-2/)

"The Washington Redskins (http://www.giants101.com/tag/washington-redskins/) may be 4-9, and they may be banged up
but the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> haven't forgotten about week one of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) season and
are looking for revenge in adding to the Redskins misery while helping their
playoff chances as they head into the final stretch of the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) regular
season. At first glance, it looks like a game that is far more important to the
Giants than it is to Washington. This is however an NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfc-east/)
divisional matchup, and we all know how physical and hard-fought everyone of
these games turn out to be.

Today, we look at some of the key matchups in the Giants big week 15
game.


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> vs Willie Smith/Sean Locklear</p>


Willie Smith and Sean Locklear alternated drives last week in the first half
against New England, but Smith took over and played all the snaps in the second
half. This week, expect Smith to get the start and the snaps, but his job will
get a lot tougher against one of the most explosive young defensive players in
football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) in
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-pierre-paul/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a>.</p>


Coming off a signature game on Sunday night that will surely get the
attention of teams across the league, particularly the Washington Redskins (http://www.giants101.com/tag/washington-redskins/), Pierre-Paul has an opportunity for
another big game against the team he recorded two sacks against in week one, and
was extremely disruptive against the run.If Willie Smith doesn't get a lot of
help on that left side right from the start of this game, it could get ugly in a
hurry for the Redskins offense. And that's exactly what the G-Men want.</p>


Should the Redskins get behind in this game and look to spread it out and
throw the football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/),
you can expect to see a lot of #90 flashing on your screen and making big-time
plays for this New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
defense.</p>


Brandon Banks vs <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> Special Teams</p>


It will be another big test for the Giants coverage teams, who have handled
Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, and DeSean Jackson well over the past few weeks. Banks
averages over 10 yards a punt return, leads the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) in kickoff return yardage, and will be the Redskins
biggest threat to make this football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) game a dogfight heading into the final quarter.
New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
knows it can't give a battered Washington offense a field position advantage in
this game, particularly coming off the Redskins performance against the Patriots
which has given them a shot of confidence coming into this one.</p>


<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a> vs DeAngelo Hall/Josh Wilson</p>


In week one, the Giants had not yet seen the emergence of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> and Jake Ballard, and were still limited in the passing game as players
grew into their roles in the offense. Naturally, the Redskins paid quite a bit
of attention to the Giants biggest threat on the outside in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a>. Still, #88 torched the Washington secondary for 122 yards, including
a huge 68 yard reception on a double move route that set up a Giants
touchdown.</p>


This time around, the Giants have an up and coming young playmaker in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>, and Ballard has developed into a threat over the middle to go along
with their #1 guy in Nicks and the explosive big play threat in Mario
Manningham.</p>
It will be very interesting to see how the Redskins approach their coverage
to Nicks' side, as he is fully capable of dominating a football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
game when he sees one on one coverage. It is pick your poison with this Giants
passing game, and if Nicks sees a lot of double coverage and safety help over
the top in this game, you can expect the other Giants receivers to get
opportunities for big plays through the air. "

AntB
12-15-2011, 05:54 PM
The guys in the middle have to be strong, Get low and cut the offensive linemen in half and tackle that quarterback and running back in the backfield and the sacks will come from the ends and others. Blackburn should get better as he plays into regular season shape. The strong safety has to be tough and aggressive. We are playing a quarterback who is playing for survival every week.

NYGRealityCheck
12-15-2011, 10:32 PM
Eli vs. Grossman: Eli, no contest

Brandon Banks vs. Steve Weatherford directional punting: Steve Weatherford

Nicks vs. D. Hall: ok what about Manningham, Cruz, and Ballard?

Fred Davis vs. Giants LBs: Oh wait...he got suspended... ha ha! Giants LBs

The only thing in the Redskin's favor is the Giant's inexplicable ability to play down (or up) to their opponent's level....

egyptian420
12-15-2011, 10:38 PM
DeAngelo Hall's been having a terrible season. I think Eli is going to toy with him imho

Captain Chaos
12-16-2011, 12:12 AM
Key Matchup: Giant's D vs Skins O

will the real Giant's defense please show up!