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Redskins 2016 Season Preview: New York Giants, Week 3


As the Washington Redskins get closer to the start of another season, will preview all 16 of the team's regular season games, continuing with today's look against the New York Giants.

After winning two Super Bowls in five seasons between 2007 and 2011, the Giants have missed the playoffs each of the last four seasons. Coming of a year in which they finished 6-10, New York starts a new era under first-year head coach Ben McAdoo.


Last Game vs. New York:** Won 20-14 on Nov. 29, 2015

New York's Key additions: Signed DE Olivier Vernon, CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison, LB Keenan Robinson, RB Bobby Rainey; Drafted CB Eli Apple (Ohio St.), WR Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma), RB Paul Perkins (UCLA), TE Jerell Adams (South Carolina)

New York's Key subtractions: CB Prince Amukamara (free agent; signed with Jacksonville), DE Robert Ayers (free agent; signed with Tampa Bay), DT George Selvie (free agent), G Geoff Schwartz (free agent; signed with Detroit), S Brandon Meriweather (free agent), WR Rueben Randle (free agent; signed with Philadelphia)

New York's Pro Bowlers: WR Odell Beckham Jr., QB Eli Manning

In one of the most anticipated individual matchups of the 2016 regular season, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. will meet up once again in Week 3, 280 days after the two engage in a physical battle at MetLife Stadium.

During that late season game, neither player wanted to give the other an edge, as their battles when from snap to whistle on seemingly every play. It resulted in a must-see matchup that was only intensified by Norman's signing with the Redskins, ensuring the two would face each other twice a year for the next few seasons.

This game will also be the Redskins' first road game of the year, as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys in the first two weeks of the season.

And for the third week in the row to start the 2016 campaign, the Redskins will face an experienced quarterback, as 35-year-old Eli Manning remains New York's franchise cornerstone.

Drafted with the No. 1-overall pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL Draft, Manning was traded to the Giants just minutes after his selection.

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In 12 seasons with New York, Manning has thrown for more than 44,000 yards with 294 touchdowns to 199 interceptions.

Last season, Manning threw for a career-high 35 touchdown passes but three of his 14 interceptions came in New York's 20-14 loss to Washington on Nov. 29. It was the second of six losses in the final seven games for the Giants.

Behind Manning, the Giants have seven different running backs vying for playing time including veterans Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams along with 2016 draft pick Paul Perkins.

Along with Beckham Jr., the Giants' wide receiving corps features second-round pick Sterling Shephard – who tallied 137 receptions in his final two seasons at Oklahoma – and Victor Cruz, who missed all of last season and the second half of the 2014 regular season with injuries.

New York made significant changes to the defensive unit after a season in which they ranked dead last in total defense, giving up more than 420 yards per game while recording just 23 sacks.

In free agency, the Giants landed cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive linemen Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison and former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson.

Jenkins -- a second-round pick in 2012 -- accumulated 10 interceptions, five defensive touchdowns and three fumbles forced in four seasons with the then-St. Louis Rams.

Vernon, meanwhile, collected 29 sacks in four seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Three of New York's top four draft picks were also defensive players, as the Giants selected Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple in the first round, Boise State safety Darian Thompson in the third round and Clemson inside linebacker B.J. Goodson in the fourth round. 

Redskins 2016 Season Previews--Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 1
--Dallas Cowboys, Week 2

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