Week 12 Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Washington Redskins

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants attempts a pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  • Quarterback
    Eli Manning has been enjoying a renaissance season, as he has thrown the ball extremely well. Manning has been averaging nearly 310 passing yards per game, and it’s clear that he is in command of the New York offense. Manning’s ability to throw medium- and long-range passes accurately separate him from the competition. He has an impressive 21-6 TD-interception ratio.
    The Redskins are coming off another road loss in Week 11 against Carolina, but they have been far more competitive at home and they could give New York a battle for 60 minutes. Kirk Cousins has shown quite a bit of improvement, as he has thrown the ball with accuracy and confidence. Cousins has a 15-10 TD-interception ratio and he has run the Washington offense with confidence.
  • Offense
    The Giants would like to get a little bit of help from their running game, but the reason they are in first place in the NFC East is their explosive passing attack. Rashad Jennings runs hard and he has gained 403 yards, but he has just one rushing touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. has caught 63-863-8 and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Rueben Randle is a fine complementary receiver.
    The Redskins have the running game to control the clock and keep the ball out of Manning’s hands when Alfred Morris and Matt Jones are chewing up yards. Pierre Garcon is a dependable receiver who is going to catch nearly everything he gets his hands on. Tight end Jordan Reed knows how to get open on third-down plays and in the red zone.
  • Defense
    The Giants have been awful defensively for the majority of the season. They rank 31st in yards allowed and they are dead last in passing yards allowed. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is hoping that Jason Pierre-Paul can recapture his past form and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks once again. Free safety Landon Collins leads the Giants with 61 tackles.
    The Redskins have been effective on defense at home because they are alert and competitive. However, Washington’s lack of speed has been an issue against teams with fast skill-position and it could cost them here. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (4.5 sacks) excels in winning the one-on-one battle and he can get to the quarterback. Dashon Goldson leads Washington with 78 tackles.
  • Special Teams
    The Giants have been effective on special teams this season, and they could have a serious edge over the Redskins in that area. Explosive Dwayne Harris has the ability to make big returns, while Josh Brown has made all 23 of his FG attempts this season.
    The Redskins have improved their coverage teams this season, and that’s quite a relief to head coach Jay Gruden. Placekicker Dustin Hopkins may not have a big name, but he has made 16-of-17 FG attempts this season.
The Giants are coming off their bye week, so they should be prepared and ready to play. They need to clean up their fourth-quarter play if they are going to come out with the victory. -Steve Silverman, CBS Local Sports