When the NFL makes the schedule, it obviously tries to predict which games will be of importance concerning the playoffs and schedule those high-profile games in the primetime slots, like Monday Night Football. Of course, as the season plays out, not everything goes like the experts predict. Case in point, last week’s game between the Panthers and Eagles couldn’t have been more meaningless as both teams entered the game with no chance at a postseason berth, but I’m sure when the game was scheduled, everyone thought both teams would be in the hunt.
This week, however, we should have a dandy on our hands as the Redskins host the Giants. A win for the Giants would basically clinch the NFC East for them, whereas a win for the Skins would pull them to within one game of the lead. It’s a match-up pitting young talent against the experienced, defending champions, a match-up that the Giants won the last time these teams met.
But as we’ve witnessed over the course of his rookie season, Robert Griffin III has continued to grow and learn as a QB. And considering how strong he was in his first performance against New York back in October, (completing 20 of 28 throws for more than 250 yards) you know he’s going to give his team a great chance to win. Although New York prevailed in that game 27-23, this time the Skins have home field and they hope that will be enough of an edge to exact revenge of the G Men.
The Giants took care of Green Bay in what was easily their best performance of the year. Although, they’e been inconsistent up until this point in the season, this is about the time they typically hit the accelerator. If history teaches us anything, it’s that the Giants thrive in December.
Meanwhile, the Skins outgunned the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, drawing even with Dallas for second place in the division and placing them right back in the playoff conversation. A big question mark, though, is how they will handle this new-found pressure, as the Skins haven’t been playoff bound in years.
However, if you are going by the numbers, you have to give the edge to New York. The Giants not only score more points per game on average, but they also give up fewer. And considering this is the time of year when they usually take off, the young and inexperienced Skins may be in trouble.
I like the Giants to cover -1 this week and get the win. This will almost seal the deal in the East for New York, which will look to defend its Super Bowl title.