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The Huddle
WEEK 15
~ 2009 ~
Season Ticket
Thursday
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Saturday
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*updated

Prediction: NYG 19, WAS 17

Friday Night Update: Manningham returned to practice today and is good to play. Ahmad Bradshaw was held out of practice again today which is troublesome. He has not been ruled out of the game but be aware that he may not play. This is the Monday night game as well so you have no other options if you wait to see if he is active or not. He is not a recommended start this week.

Thursday Night Update: Ahmad Bradshaw and Mario Manningham were both held out of practice on Thursday. Bradshaw does this every week but Manningham was sick. No changes as of yet.

This interdivisional rivalry seems a lot more even than it use to look. The Giants fall to 7-6 with their loss to the Eagles and really cannot afford any more losses and still hope for January play. The Redskins have long been out of it but are eager to play the role of the spoiler since they host the Giants and Dallas next. The Giants are 3-3 on the road while the Redskins are 3-3 at home. The Skins have not beaten the Giants in Washington since 2005.

This is the Monday night game. Not exactly a nail biter but it beats going Christmas shopping.

The Giants won 23-17 over the Skins in the season opener.

New York Giants (7-7)
Homefield: Giants Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 WAS 23-17 -6.5 37
2 @DAL 33-31 +3 43.5
3 @TB 24-0 -7 44
4 @KC 27-16 -9 42.5
5 OAK 44-7 -16.5 40.5
6 @NO 24-48 +3 47
7 ARI 17-24 -9 46.5
8 @PHI 17-40 +1 43
9 SD 20-21 -4 47.5
10 BYE - - -
11 ATL 34-31 -7 46
12 @DEN 6-26 -6.5 42
13 DAL 31-24 +1 45.5
14 PHI 38-45 1 42.5
15 @WAS - -3 42
16 CAR - - -
17 @MIN - - -
NYG at WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning     240,1
RB Brandon Jacobs 50 10  
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 20 20  
TE Kevin Boss   50  
WR Steve Smith   50  
WR Hakeem Nicks   60,1  
WR Mario Manningham   20  
PK Lawrence Tynes 4 FG 1 XP  
Pregame Notes: This week is a playoff game for the Giants though with some luck the Vikings will be resting players in the final week and the Giants could end with a couple of wins. WInning out is the only reasonable way to expect the reach the playoffs though.

Quarterback: Eli Manning slowed down around midseason but he has picked the pace back up in recent weeks with two scores against the Cowboys and three against the Eagles. Manning passed for 256 yards and one score in the season opener against the Redskins with one interception and one lost fumble.

The Redskins defense has been the opposite of the Giants passing game. They were stout all season and never allowed more than one score or 186 yards but in the last two games both Denver and New Orleans had two scores on them and the Saints even passed for 419 yards. It would be optimistic to expect more than one passing score and decent yardage.

Running Backs: Brandon Jacobs has scored in each of the last two games but he has still never had more than 100 rushing yards this year and not exceeded 70 rush yards in the last five weeks. Ahmad Bradshaw figured in for nearly an even sharing ratio lately and tacks on the occasional touchdown. In the season opener, Jacobs only ran for 46 yards on 16 carries against the Redskins and Bradshaw produced 60 yards on 12 rushing attempts in that game.

Neither runner is attractive this week with the Skins never allowing any runner to score on FedEx Field. They have allowed over 70 rushing yards on four occasions there but never a touchdown. The split between Bradshaw and Jacobs makes it all the worse.

Wide Receivers: The Giants have replaced Mario Manningham with Hakeem Nicks as of last week for the starting split end and he responded with 110 yards and a score on four catches against the Eagles. Manningham only had two catches and is no longer worth a roster spot on all but the deepest leagues. Steve Smith also just set the record for the most catches by a Giants receiver with 85, beating Amani Toomer's 82 set seven years ago. This mostly makes you think "that's all it took?"

In the season opener, Manningham turned in 58 yards and a score while Smith had 80 yards as the starters.

I like a passing score to the wideouts this week that favors Nicks slightly but could end up with Smith as well. The Redskins have played a lot of bad teams this year so their rankings are better than they actually should be.

Tight Ends: Kevin Boss had one of his better games of the year when he posted 62 yards on three catches in the first meeting with the Redskins. Oddly he really comes to life almost exclusively in interdivisional games.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 9 16 3 21 3 18
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 4 7 6 7 26 27


Washington Redskins (4-9)
Homefield: FedEx Field
Grass
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 @NYG 17-23 +6.5 37
2 STL 9-7 -10 37
3 @DET 14-19 -6.5 38
4 TB 16-13 -7 37
5 @CAR 17-20 +5 38
6 KC 6-14 -6 37
7 PHI 17-27 +7 37.5
8 BYE - - -
9 @ATL 17-31 +10 41
10 DEN 27-17 +4 36
11 @DAL 6-7 +11 41.5
12 @PHI 24-27 +9.5 40.5
13 NO 30-33 +9 46.5
14 @OAK 34-13 -1 37.5
15 NYG - +3 42
16 DAL - - -
17 @SD - - -
WAS vs NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell 10   250,2
RB Quinton Ganther 40 30  
TE Fred Davis   60,1  
WR Santana Moss   40  
WR Antwaan Randle El   40  
WR Devin Thomas   50,1  
PK Graham Gano 1 FG 2 XP  

Pregame Notes: The Redskins seem reinvigorated, at least as much as a 4-9 team can be that had their last three losses all happen for the want of three points or less including division winners of the Saints, Eagles and Cowboys (at that time). They may get some benefit from people underestimating Quinton Ganther and Fred Davis. They may get some help from teams underpreparing to play them and yet still beating them and in Oakland they knocked out Bruce Gradkowski which brought back JaMarcus Russell as an early Christmas present. The Redskins have a chance to be the spoiler for the next two weeks though and would love nothing more.

Quarterback: Jason Campbell injured his non-throwing shoulder last week but it is not expected to be an issue this week. Campbell has been on a hot streak for three weeks with a total of eight passing scores and he even ran in a touchdown against the Eagles. At home against the Saints, he passed for 367 yards and three scores for a season high (more like a season doubling). No question that he has been better passing lately, the bigger question is why? The team is down to a third string running back and Chris Cooley is gone. Devin Thomas has stepped up. Campbell can try to make his case here at the end to remain the starter in 2010 and the final three games are tailor-made for impressing.

The Giants held Campbell to 211 yards and one score in the season opener and since then has allowed multiple passing scores more often than not. The secondary has become the weakness of the Giants defense and Campbell should have some success here - if the last few weeks were real.

Running Backs: Rock Cartwright was thrown back onto special teams last week when he only had one catch and one run in Oakland. Quinton Ganther took his first start and scored two touchdowns - both in the fourth quarter - and gained 50 yards on14 carries and had 43 yards on three catches. That almost all happened late game when Russell was being Russell and the Redskins posted 17 fourth quarter points.

This week against the Giants faces a defense that has not allowed any runner to top 88 rushing yards since back in week two and Ganther was not that effective in Oakland - versus a far softer rush defense - until the end with the game got out of hand. Expect only moderate yardage and a chance for a score.

Wide Receivers: Antwaan Randle El started the year with 98 yards against the Giants but has been little more than a glorified tight end since and has never scored. Santana Moss has only scored once since week four and been remaining around 50 yards in almost every game since. Devin Thomas has emerged though, at least during the Saints game with 100 yards and two scores but he is now tied with Moss for the lead with three receiving touchdowns each. Moss only had two catches for six yards in the season opener.

I like the same standard fare as has been happening only with Thomas logging another touchdown. The Giants secondary has been lit up lately, but the Saints and the Eagles have a better passing game than the Redskins.

Tight Ends: Fred Davis has caught fire and scored four times in just the last three weeks. He has remained around 50 yards in those games and now faces the Giants who have already allowed eight touchdowns to the position and numerous big games. Look for Davis to turn in a score and decent yardage for a fourth straight week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 13 18 22 8 17 29
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 26 11 10 31 6 16

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