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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
~ 2007 ~
Season Ticket
Sunday night

Prediction: NYG 13, WAS 24

The Giants are getting worse and the Redskins are 2-0. Not a good recipe for business as usual in the NFC East. The Giants swept the Redskins last year, winning 19-3 at home and later 34-28 on the road. These teams are the same from last year but the players are not.

Update: Plaxico Burress was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a sprained ankle but intends on practicing today and is expected to play on Sunday. He should be safe to start this week. He was just resting his ankle and giving it time to heal.

New York Giants (0-2)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @DAL 35-45 +5.5 44
2 GB 13-35 -2.5 38.5
3 @WAS 23-Sep +4 41
4 PHI 30-Sep SUN 8:15 PM
5 NYJ 7-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
6 @ATL 15-Oct MON 8:30 PM
7 SF 21-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
8 @MIA 28-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
9 BYE - - -
10 DAL 11-Nov SUN 4:15 PM
11 @DET 18-Nov SUN 4:15 PM
12 MIN 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 @CHI 2-Dec SUN 4:15 PM
14 @PHI 9-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
15 WAS 16-Dec SUN 8:15 PM
16 @BUF 23-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
17 NE 29-Dec SAT 8:15 PM
NYG at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning     210,1
RB Derrick Ward 60 30  
TE Jeremy Shockey   50  
WR Plaxico Burress   60,1  
WR Amani Toomer   50  
WR Anthony Mix   20  
PK Lawrence Tynes 2 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: The Giants stumble to a 0-2 record and the talk about Tom Coughlin's platter is already starting. The defense has imploded and now the offense is sputtering and fielding injuries. This is a set-up for the final year of the coaching staff in New York and it's only been two games. Two very bad games. Losing at home to the Packers by 22 points and losing more players as well makes this week's road trip no treat.

Quarterback: Eli Manning was able to play last week despite suffering a slightly separated shoulder in Dallas. He actually played reasonably well completing 16 of 29 for 211 yards and one score but with all the late game trash time, it was an obvious step down from Dallas. And Plaxico Burress was injured which cannot happen to this offense. And even Jeremy Shockey was dropping passes and collecting penalties. Manning looked very good in Dallas but the team is slipping from under his feet.

Manning threw for 256 yards and one score at home against the Redskins last year and later only managed 101 yards and one touchdown in the week 17 meeting in Washington.

Running Backs: Derrick Ward replaced the injured Brandon Jacobs and ran very well gaining 90 yards on 15 carries and adding 35 yards on four catches. He's earning time even when Jacobs returns. Even with Jacobs out, Reuben Droughns still did not have a carry last week. Ward has been a dual threat so far as well with four catches in each game and scoring on a pass in Dallas.

Ahmad Bradshaw finally saw some playing time and had one catch before injuring his elbow. He will be out this week.

It was Tiki Barber last year, but the Giants ran for 123 yards at home and later an incredible 234 yards and three scores in Barber's final showing of his career.

Wide Receivers: Plaxico Burress re-injured his right ankle on Sunday and sat out of the fourth quarter against the Packers and he also injured his left pinky finger as well. He is expected back this week but I will update if it appears he has problems. He should have only minor limitation from the ankle if any at all. The Giants also lost Steve Smith with a fractured scapula and he will be out for two weeks. So far Amani Toomer remains healthy but will not leave his room until game time.

Burress only gained 26 yards in the road game but had 69 yards and one score when the Giants hosted the Skins.

Tight Ends: Jeremy Shockey turned in a five catches for 60 yards last week but a spiked ball on one catch called a negating penalty and he let one pass skip out of his hands in front of the endzone. But Shockey is consistent so far with around five catches for 50 yards though he has not scored yet this season.

Shockey only played in the home game against the Skins last year and was held to just one catch for 13 yards.

Match Against the Defense: The Redskins defense has been much improved from last year, at least so far and almost certainly for this week. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown yet and only given up one touchdown to date. Then again, both Miami and Philadelphia are struggling to score against anyone. Look for only moderate yardage from Ward who should continue to be a factor as a receiver as well.

Manning faces a secondary that should give up a score but probably not more than one given the challenges of the Giants playing in Washington this week. Look for Burress as the most likely to score though Shockey could as well if he can hold on to it.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 7 17 5 12 7 26
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 6 15 6 18 26 10


Washington Redskins (2-0)
Homefield: FedEx Field
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 MIA 16-13 -3 35
2 @PHI 20-12 +7 38.5
3 NYG 23-Sep -4 41
4 BYE - - -
5 DET 7-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
6 @GB 14-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
7 ARI 21-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
8 @NE 28-Oct SUN 4:15 PM
9 @NYJ 4-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
10 PHI 11-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
11 @DAL 18-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
12 @TB 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 BUF 2-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
14 CHI 6-Dec THU 8:15 PM
15 @NYG 16-Dec SUN 8:15 PM
16 @MIN 23-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
17 DAL 30-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
WAS vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell     250,2
RB Clinton Portis 100,1 10  
RB LaDell Betts 30    
TE Chris Cooley   30  
WR Santana Moss   100,1  
WR Antwaan Randle El   90,1  
WR Brandon Lloyd   20  
PK Shaun Suisham 1 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Redskins rise to 2-0 with their win in Philadelphia and Jason Campbell is bringing the offense along nicely if not a little slowly. The Skins defense has only allowed one offensive touchdown this year and a win this Sunday means that early bye in week four can be a giddy record of 3-0. The Skins have a lighter schedule during the first half of the year before things get worse but so far, there's finally some smiles in the nation's capitol not related to campaign contributions or college interns.

Quarterback: Jason Campbell has a promising future with the Redskins but has started out slowly this year. He had thrown for around 210 yards in each game and has three interceptions against only one touchdown. But he is still a relatively inexperienced quarterback who is improving weekly. He just missed on few throws last week that could have been touchdowns. All he needs is ...Hey look, here come the Giants!

Campbell threw for 220 yards and two scores against the Giants in 2006.

Running Backs: The committee backfield in Washington is certainly alive, but it is keeping Clinton Portis fresh and healthy and he's turning in decent fantasy numbers anyway. Portis has ran 17 times in each game and scored in both. At home in week one he gained 98 yards against the Dolphin defense and is averaging almost five yards per carry this year.

Ladell Betts only had six catches last week after running 17 times in the opener but compared to Portis he is an obvious step down.

Portis only gained 76 yards on 19 carries in the first meeting with the Giants. He was already gone in week 17 when they met again and Betts ran for 92 yards on 20 carries. Neither ever scored on the Giants last year.

Wide Receivers: While Antwaan Randle El was the star in week one, he only managed to gain 44 yards on four catches against the Eagles while Santana Moss had six receptions for 89 yards. One Campbell can use both wideouts in the same game, this passing attack will take off. All they need is... Hey look! Here comes the Giants!

Moss turned in six catches for 103 yards and a score in the final game of last year.

Tight Ends: Chris Cooley was little used in the season opener but against the Eagles he had two catches for 25 yards and one important, "take this Andy Reid" touchdown that sealed the game. Cooley was used more last season with Campbell as the starter and should continue to figure in and improve.

Cooley had five catches for 49 yards when Campbell was the quarterback in 2006.

Match Against the Defense: Oddly enough, no opposing runner has run for more than 66 yards against the Giants because of committee backfields and the fact that passing is just so much easier here. Look for a solid game from Portis with one score that could turn gaudy if he breaks one.

Campbell should enjoy this early season treat since the Giants have already given up seven passing scores this year already and 315 passing yards on average. If ever there was a chance for Randle El and Moss to both have nice games, here it is.

Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 20 7 21 10 9 29
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 31 30 28 32 16 11

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