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David Dorey
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WEEK 13
2010
HOU at PHI *CHI at DET *CLE at MIA *DAL at IND
*JAC at TEN *ATL at TB *SF at GB *CAR at SEA
DEN at KC NO at CIN *OAK at SD *PIT at BAL
*Updated WAS at NYG *BUF at MIN STL at ARI NYJ at NE

Prediction: WAS 13, NYG 24

Update: Ryan Torain is listed as questionable with his strained hamstring but did return for some limited work in practice on Friday. He is at best a game time decision and more likely will not play.

The Redskins are 5-6 and yet only two games out of first in the NFC. And they are 3-2 in road games this year. The Giants are 7-4 and tied with the Eagles for the division lead . The Redskins won 23-17 in the season opener at the Giants last year. The Giants would later return the favor by winning 45-12 at Philly later in the season.

Washington Redskins (5-6)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 DAL W 13-7 10 PHI L 28-59
2 HOU L 27-30 11 @TEN W 19-16
3 @STL L 16-30 12 MIN L 13-17
4 @PHI W 17-12 13 @NYG --
5 GB W 16-13 14 TB --
6 IND L 24-27 15 @DAL --
7 @CHI W 17-14 16 @JAC --
8 @DET L 25-37 17 NYG --
9 Bye - - - -
Redskins Report | Statistics | Roster
WASHINGTON at NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Donovan McNabb - - 230,1
RB James Davis 40 - -
RB Keiland Williams 20 20 -
TE Chris Cooley - 30,1 -
WR Santana Moss - 60 -
WR Anthony Armstrong - 70 -
WR Brandon Banks - 20 -
PK Graham Gano 2 FG 1 XP -
Pregame Notes: The Skins started the year out in an impressive fashion with wins over the Eagles, Packers and Bears. But then lost to the Lions. And the Eagles. And even the Vikings. The offense has been largely punchless this year anyway and now they cannot keep a healthy backfield. This is the first meeting with the Giants but it is not coming at a good time.

QUARTERBACK: Donovan McNabb has shown incredible consistency since he has scored exactly one touchdown in nine of his ten games this year. No matter that his yardage varies from 125 to 426, it is always that one score. On the road, McNabb has been much less effective other than the Titans game. In all other venues, he never passed for more than 236 yards.

The Skins passed for 211 yards and one score in New York in 2009.

The Giants at home have limited all but one visitor to just a single touchdown pass which fits neatly into McNabb's corner. Expect the lower yardage this week.

RUNNING BACKS: As always with a Shanahan backfield, this is a mess. Clinton Portis is finally gone and Ryan Torain cannot get healthy. Keiland Williams is the starter - maybe - and at least gets the award for longest playing without missing a game. James Davis has been added to the mix and last week this resulted in Williams having almost no value with just three carries for five yards and four catches for 21 yards. James Davis had six carries but only gained 11 yards and had a catch for four yards.

Shanahan doesn't want to tip his hand as to who the starter is this week but who cares? They are not doing much and the Giants sport a solid defense at home anyway. This will only get worse unless Torain returns and takes over.

The Skins rushed for 62 yards and no touchdowns in New York last year.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Redskins waived Joey Galloway and signed Terrence Austin from the practice squad but only Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong matter in this pass offense - if even they do. Moss has been the most productive with three scores and four games of 90 yards or more. Armstrong has bounced between 40 and 80 yards each week but has only one score from a home game in week five.

Moss never had more than 55 yards against the Giants last year and this offense is no better. Bank on moderate yardage and no scores to be safe.

TIGHT ENDS: Chris Cooley has been at his best in road games this year where most of his better yardage games were and one of his two touchdowns. Cooley has been good for around 50 yards or more when the team leaves Washington and has been as high as 91 yards. Fred Davis has been incorporated more into the passing game lately with games of 1-71, 2-44 and 3-25 with a touchdown last week. If he continues, he'll be added to the projections. I like the one passing score but there is no place on this team that is any more likely than another. So I'll drop it here with low confidence.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 21 16 28 8 10 14
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 9 9 8 4 23 26
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) WAS -12 -7 -20 -4 13 12


New York Giants (7-4)
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR W 31-18 10 DAL L 20-33
2 @IND L 14-38 11 @PHI L 17-27
3 TEN L 10-29 12 JAC W 24-20
4 CHI W 17-3 13 WAS --
5 @HOU W 34-10 14 @MIN --
6 DET W 28-20 15 PHI --
7 @DAL W 41-35 16 @GB --
8 Bye - 17 @WAS --
9 @SEA W 41-7 - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS vs WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 220,2
RB Brandon Jacobs 60,1 - -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 40 30 -
TE Kevin Boss - 50,1 -
WR Derek Hagen - 30 -
WR Duke Calhoun - 20 -
WR Mario Manningham - 80,1 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 1 FG 3 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Giants are still battling through injuries but at least get a couple of home games to make it easier. Like the Eagles and the Redskins, the remaining schedule is no cake walk and the division will likely go down to week 17 before a winner is decided. This week the Giants have the good fortune to host the Redskins who are also dealing with injuries of their own.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning found out how to compensate for a dinged up set of receivers - just don't throw much. He only had 24 passes in the game and competed 14 for 226 and two scores on the Jaguars. This week is yet another soft secondary that could be ripe for ripping but the Giants are using two tight end sets for the most part and pumping up to a 50-50 share between rushing and passing.

Manning passed for 256 yards and one touchdown when the Skins visited last year.

A healthy crew could slice up this secondary and the Skins have allowed 18 passing scores already this year. Look for two scores but the yardage will remain moderate as the Giants focus on the run as well.

RUNNING BACKS: Since Ahmad Bradshaw was demoted from being a starter after his fifth lost fumble of the year, Brandon Jacobs took his first start of the season and gained 87 yards on 14 carries against the Jaguars. Bradshaw came in later and had nine runs for 49 yards and four receptions for 34 yards. The Giants also used Bradshaw on a goal line run though he was unsuccessful.

The Giants rushed for 106 yards on 28 carries on the Skins last year.

The Skins are average at best in stopping the run and the Giants should come up with one score by Jacobs and decent yardage for both Bradshaw and Jacobs. The likelihood that the Skins won't have much success running the ball should play into the Giants hands for a ball control offense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Steve Smith is still out with his pectoral injury but may return next week. Hakeem Nicks may not be back for at least three weeks but could be longer. Mario Manningham has taken over the starting slot and had 61 yards and a score last week. That gives him five touchdowns on the season and four in just the last six games. Derek Hagen has become the other starter but only had two catches for 21 yards last week. The Giants are not using many three man sets now and the tight ends are helping to pick up the slack. Until Steve Smith returns, only Manningham looks to provide any fantasy value.

TIGHT ENDS: While Travis Beckham had a catch for 29 yards last week, Kevin Boss was the difference maker with eight targets for a team high and three receptions to gain 74 yards and one touchdown. Boss is in a good place to see an uptick in production for the rest of the season with the injuries to the starting wideouts.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 9 5 5 16 19 16
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 30 22 27 12 19 23
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) NYG 21 17 22 -4 0 7

WEEK 13
2010
HOU at PHI CHI at DET CLE at MIA DAL at IND
JAC at TEN ATL at TB SF at GB CAR at SEA
DEN at KC NO at CIN OAK at SD PIT at BAL
  WAS at NYG BUF at MIN STL at ARI NYJ at NE
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