Excerpt: "WASHINGTON AT GIANTS, METLIFE STADIUM, 1 PM
LINE: Giants by 6 1/2
TV: Ch. 5, (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)
RADIO: WFAN-660 AM, 101.9 FM (Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross), In Spanish on WADO-1280 AM (Nelson Rosario, Frances Adames)
FORECAST: Partly sunny, 46 degrees, 14 mph winds
For Washington, Colt McCoy , sufficiently recovered from a sprained neck and should get the start at QB. Robert Griffin III plays if McCoy can’t. SS Brandon Meriweather (toe), ILB Keenan Robinson (MCL sprain) and DT Jason Hatcher (knee) are all iffy. WR DeSean Jackson hopes to play with a leg contusion. Rookie OT Morgan Moses , mostly a special teamer, was placed on IR after suffering a Lisfranc injury Wednesday. Those Giants who are not on IR are relatively healthy. Only LB Jacquain Williams (concussion) and OT James Brewer (concussion) should miss the game with LBs Jameel McClain (knee) and Mark Herzlich (concussion) returning. QB Eli Manning scoffed at his addition to the injury report with a sore back. RB Rashad Jennings (knee) is full-go.
TE Larry Donnell vs. S Brandon Meriweather/Phillip Thomas
Donnell ran freely through the Washington secondary in the first meeting and caught three TD passes in the Giants’ blowout win. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is vowing to keep track of Donnell this time but he could be hamstrung. Meriweather is hobbled by a toe injury and may not play, and with Odell Beckham Jr. demanding double coverage, Donnell should be able to find room in the middle of the field. The rookie’s contributions have slacked off and he’s had fumble issues but he could have another big day here.
"Eli Manning carved up this secondary in the first game. (Washington’s) secondary played off at the corners and Eli got rid of the ball quickly and on time. I’d suspect we’d see some blitzes out of Jim Haslett this time. If you let Eli sit back there, it’s going to be a repeat of the first game. The Giants’ pass rush has been coming on (league-best 17 sacks the last three weeks) and McCoy is more of a sitting duck than RG3 (Washington has allowed the third-most sacks in the league). At least RG3 would open up the read option game. The Giants never did figure out how to defense that this year.” Read more...