Last week we had an NFC South showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (rest in peace) and the Atlanta Falcons. This week it's an NFC East showdown, as the New York Giants (1-2) and Washington Redskins (1-2) face off in the Nation's Capital.
The two teams are coming off very different games last week.
The Giants, as I'm sure you all remember, are fresh off a dominant 30-17 win over the Houston Texans. In that game,Rashad Jennings went for nearly 200 yards, Eli Manning was surgical, completing 75% of his pass attempts for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense was opportunistic as it picked off three Ryan
Fitztragic Fitzpatrick passes and nearly took a fumble from him as well.
The Redskins, on the other hand, found themselves on the losing end of a shootout with the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles. Kirk Cousins played well in his first start since Robert Griffin III's recent injury, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception. Wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for over 250 of those yards and caught one touchdown apiece. However, despite holding LeSean McCoy to 22 yards on 19 attempts, Washington still struggled defensively. They gave up 37 points on the day and allowed Nick Foles to go for 325 yards and three touchdowns.
As it stands, these two teams are tied for 3rd in the division behind the aforementioned Eagles (3-0) and the second place Dallas Cowboys (2-1). The outcome of this game could be a big determining factor in the NFC playoff picture going forward, as the losing team will have a big 1-3 hole to crawl out of, while the winner will be sitting at 2-2 and still squarely in the thick of things.
Enjoy the game, everyone. Kickoff is at 7:25 CDT.