EAST RUTHERFORD, Sporting Alert – The NFL Week 3 fixtures get going with Thursday Night Football, with the Washington Redskins taking on the New York Giants live on CBS/NFL at MetLife Stadium at 7:25 PM CT.
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The Giants enter this midweek fixture searching for its first win of the 2015 NFL regular season, after losing to the Cowboys and Falcons in the opening two weeks of the campaign.
Experts say that after digging themselves into an early winless hole, New York is unlikely to make the playoffs.
Nevertheless, the Giants’ confidence is still high and if the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Shane Vereen can continue to be consistent and the rest of the team can rally around them, then things could start changing for the strugglers.
At the same time though, New York is hoping that starting quarterback Eli Manning start to find his rhythm again – with anticipation that he can recapture his long passing range – with the veteran struggling from long distance thus far.
Manning has passed for 485 yards in two games this season, but on passes thrown from 10 or more yards in the deep, he’s just 5-of-20, which according to ESPN stats, is “the worst completion percentage in the NFL on those throws (minimum 10 attempts).”
Meanwhile, the Redskins head into this battle looking for back-to-back wins, this after getting the better of St. Louis in Week 2.
Washington (1-1) is already showing signs that the work put in during the offseason was not a waste of time.
The travelers head into Thursday night’s battle with the best rushing attack in the NFL so far and the experts expect coach Jay Gruden to keep running the ball against the Giants, who are expected to struggle against a running team again.
This means lots of attention will be on running backs Alfred Morris, who has rushed for 180 yards this season and Matt Jones, who has run for 151 yards in two games thus far.
The Redskins are scoring 17-points per game and allowing 13.5, compares to New York’s 23 points per game for and 25.5 allowed.
In the meantime, despite his rough start, Eli Manning will still feel confident coming into this game, as the 34-year-old has enjoyed some fruitful times against their NFC East rivals.
According to ESPN stats, Manning comes in with a Total quarterback rating of 83 against Washington, compared to just 46 against the rest of the NFL in the last two seasons.
Last year he threw for 300 yards four touchdowns TDs, 1 INT with a QBR of 97.4 in the first meeting and then passed for 250 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs in the second meeting, as the Giants went 2-0 in the 2014 series.
In fact, New York has won 4 straight against Washington and five of the last six meetings – the perfect timing for this battle, as they seek to finally kick-start the season and go on a run.
The Giants are 3.5 point favourites to beat the Redskins, according to vegasinsider.com, with game total setting at 44.
|Points Per Game||17.0||23.0|
|Points Allowed Per Game||13.5||25.5|
|Pass Yards Allowed||188.0||359.5|