New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Tip-off: Monday,December 3, 2012 – 8:30 PM ET
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Robert Griffin III was not the best news for the New York Giants when they first met. The Washington Redskins QB and his YouWager fans consider things are bound to get even more difficult in tonight’s rematch.
The Japan native’s introduction to divisional play was a 27-23 defeat versus the Giants (7-4) on Oct. 21. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards and two scores and also ran nine times for 89 yards.
That NFL game started a three-game slide for the Redskins (5-6), who recovered with consecutive NFC East wins behind their quarterback. Griffin threw four TD passes in each win in a five-day span over the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, with Washington totaling 69 points.
The Giants allowed 248 yards rushing in October — their highest total yielded in three NFL football seasons. Washington is second in the league with 162.9 rushing yards per game behind rookie Alfred Morris, and now Griffin believes their passing attack is improved.
While Griffin was outstanding the last time these teams met, the contest will be remembered for Eli Manning’s game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left. It came 19 seconds after Griffin hit Santana Moss for a 30-yard go-ahead score.
Even when the Redskins are allowing 301.4 passing yards per game for the second-worst mark in the league, DeAngelo Hall considers his defense matches up well against Manning.
Online sports wagering experts consider the Giants error was that running back Andre Brown was lost for the season with a broken leg. Brown only has 385 yards, but he leads the NFC with eight TDs on the ground.
That’s good news for rookie first-round pick David Wilson to get more action. Wilson carried a season-high six times for 13 yards last Sunday.
New York had a five-game win streak at FedEx Field snapped with a season-opening 28-14 defeat in 2011. The Giants are two games in front of the Cowboys and the Redskins in the East.