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With today's matchup against the St. Louis Rams officially a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins turn their attention towards the NFC East division for the rest of the season.
The Redskins (3-10) next Sunday travel to take on the New York (4-9) Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
The Giants have struggled off and on throughout the year, specifically with their offensive line, which, entering today, has allowed 26 sacks on quarterback Eli Manning in what has been a frustrating individual season for the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
After beginning the season 0-2, the Giants won their next three games, including a victory over the Redskins at FedExField. But things went downhill quickly after beating the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5, as the Giants, entering today, had lost their last seven games, including a late comeback loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. When the Giants have lost, their games have been either tight affairs or blowouts.
Their season — which has been riddled with injuries — has also been difficult for longtime head coach Tom Coughlin, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories in 2008 and 2012, both against the New England Patriots. But Coughlin's track record has proven his value to the franchise.
Coughlin took over the Giants for Jim Fassel in 2004 after spending eight seasons as head coach for the Jaguars (1996-2002). He led them to two AFC Championship games and was named NFL Coach of the year in his first season there.
Now in his 11th season with the Giants, Coughlin, entering today, holds a 93-79 regular season record, second behind Hall of Famer Steven Owen on the franchise's all-time wins list for a head coach. This year's campaign is the first time the Giants have had consecutive losing seasons under Coughlin.
Last week's loss in Jacksonville was painful for the Giants considering how it started. New York jumped out to 21-0 lead, but its offense went silent in the second half. The Jaguars earned just their second win of the year thanks to two defensive touchdowns and a last-minute drive by quarterback Blake Bortles to set up a Josh Scobee game-winning field goal.
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The Giants offense started the game as well as it could have, scoring on three straight possessions. Running back Rashad Jennings helped with 91 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Eli Manning completed 24-of-34 passes for 247 yards. But the defense faltered and couldn't force a turnover against the rookie quarterback when it mattered the most.
Defense has been the Giants' Achilles heel all year long. They entered today ranked 25th in points allowed (26.6) and 29th in yards allowed (385). The Redskins might look to attack the run game next Sunday considering the Giants defense ranks second to last in the league in that department.
Their offense has been slightly better, scoring on average 21.4 points per game and collecting 347.2 yards per game.
The biggest factor in the Giants' play this year has been the abundance of injuries. For most of the year, Coughlin hasn't been able to watch his wide receiver (Victor Cruz, knee), his best linebacker (Jon Beason, foot) and parts of his secondary, including Prince Amukamara (biceps), Walt Thurmond (torn pectoral) and Trumaine McBride (thumb).
That's made things difficult for Manning, who has posted an 89.0 quarterback rating on the year, throwing 22 touchdowns on top of 12 interceptions.
The injury to Cruz, however, has allowed rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to look like a star in the making. Entering today, he leads the team in receiving yards (699) and is second in touchdowns (5),* *which included a spectacular one-handed grab against the Cowboys.
On the ground, Rashad Jennings-- injured for four games this season--leads the team with 598 rushing yards. Their second back Andre Williams is close behind and has tallied five touchdowns.
Jacquian Williams (55 tackles), Jameel McClain (51) and Antrel Rolle (50) lead the New York defensive charge, while Jonathon Jenkins has wrapped up 4.5 sacks.
Game notesHere's some more facts and figures from next Sunday's Redskins-Giants matchup in East Rutherford, N.J., courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:
- The Redskins will seek their first road win against the Giants since a 23-10 victory against the eventual Super Bowl champions at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 18, 2011.
- In their 2012 meeting at New York, the Redskins recorded 248 rushing yards, their highest rushing total in the now 164-game series history against the Giants.