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10 things to watch for against the Redskins

1. Go your own way. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins have gone in opposite directions since they met in Week 8 when the Giants fell, 20-13, for their fifth consecutive loss to cap a 1-7 first half of the season. They have since rebounded with three wins in four weeks coming out of the bye week. The Redskins, who improved to 5-2 that day at MetLife Stadium, have lost four of their past five as their NFC East lead slipped away. No one is eliminated yet in the division, but that could change on Sunday. The Giants (4-8) play the Redskins (6-6) at FedExField, and the Cowboys (7-5) host the Eagles (6-6).

2. Won to 100. With a win, the Giants will split the season series with the Redskins for the fourth consecutive year. With a win, they would also become the first NFL team ever to record 100 regular-season victories against another franchise. They currently lead the series, 99-68-4.

3. Sanchez to start at QB for injury-ravaged Redskins. Washington lost not one (Alex Smith) but two (Colt McCoy) starting quarterbacks to broken legs in the span of two weeks. The Redskins have 14 players on injured reserve, including two offensive linemen who started against the Giants six weeks ago. That is the situation Mark Sanchez faces as the fifth overall pick by the Jets in 2009 is set to start for the first time since Nov. 26, 2015, when he was with the Eagles and Pat Shurmur was his offensive coordinator. Sanchez, who was signed by the Redskins on Nov. 19, is 1-1 against the Giants. He lost with the Jets on Christmas Eve of the Giants' 2011 championship season and won with the Eagles late in 2014. Sanchez is 37-35 as a starter in the regular season and 4-2 in the postseason.

4. Collins on IR; Giants injury report. Two-time Pro Bowl safety and defensive co-captain Landon Collins landed on injured reserve this week after it was determined he must undergo season-ending surgery. The Giants' leading tackle every year he has been with the team suffered a shoulder injury in last week's overtime victory against the Bears. Meanwhile, linebackers B.J. Goodson (neck/foot) and Tae Davis (ankle) are listed as questionable for Sunday. The Giants will be getting back tight end Evan Engram, who did not play in the last two games because of a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (rib) and rookie outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (hip) are full-go. WR Odell Beckham Jr. was downgraded to out and did not accompany the team on the trip. Beckham appeared on the team's injury report Friday with a bruised quadriceps and practiced on a limited basis. It was determined Saturday morning he would not play in Sunday's game.

5. Chandler in the mix. Undrafted rookie Sean Chandler first caught defensive coordinator James Bettcher's eye when the team put on the pads in training camp. A native of Camden, N.J., Chandler was already earning more snaps down stretch and those will only increase now that Collins is out for the remainder of the season. Chandler will be in the mix to fill the void along with veteran Michael Thomas.  

6. What will he do next? Last week, Saquon Barkley upped his season rushing total to 954 yards, a new franchise rookie record. The previous mark had stood since Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans rushed for 830 yards in 1936. Barkley's other franchise rookie records include: most 100-yard rushing games (five), most rushing touchdowns (eight), most yards from scrimmage (1,556), most receiving yards by a running back (602), and most receptions by a running back (74). He also has scored 12 touchdowns, tying the Giants' rookie record set by Bill Paschal in 1943 and matched by Odell Beckham, Jr. in 2014.

7. Ninety at 33. Adrian Peterson, 33, broke Herschel Walker's record for the oldest player with a 90-yard rushing touchdown in NFL history in Week 13. However, he also joined Walker as the only players since 1950 not to finish with 100 rushing yards in the same game they rushed for a 90-yard TD. The touchdown did tie Peterson with Hall of Famer Jim Brown for the fifth-most rushing touchdowns (106). Four of those have come against the Giants, including a 64-yarder in Week 8.

8. Rosas rising. Aldrick Rosas is the reigning NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in the team's 30-27 overtime victory against Chicago. Rosas made all three of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 44-yarder in overtime after breaking the record for the longest field goal in franchise history at 57 yards. After missing seven field goals and three extra points in his first NFL season, the sophomore kicker is putting up Pro Bowl numbers with just one miss in 27 attempts this year. His 96.3 field goal percentage is second only to Atlanta's Matt Bryant, who is perfect on 15 attempts.

Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants travel to FedExField to take on the Redskins

Dan Salomone

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9. At the top. Rookie defensive lineman B.J. Hill had just 9.0 sacks in four years at N.C. State, but he has a team-high 5.0 in his first 12 NFL games. That also tied the Giants rookie record set by linebacker Andy Headen in 1983 and tied by tackle Cornelius Griffin in 2000. Note: Lawrence Taylor had 9.5 sacks as a rookie in 1981, the year before sacks became an official statistic.

10. A tough out. The Giants have not been technically eliminated from the postseason as they continue to try to overcome their 1-7 start. Had they held on to win two weeks ago in Philadelphia, the Giants would have been 4-0 since the break and in the middle of the hunt.

"We had such a poor start in the win-loss category, Shurmur told Michael Eisen. "I do think, though, it's not how you start, it's how you finish, and teams that find their way into the playoffs, there are certain things that need to happen. In my opinion, you have to first of all win enough games to get in the playoffs, whatever that is. You have to be playing well, you got to be healthy, and you have to be playing your best ball at the end of the year. When you talk about an NFL season, it's always not how you start, but how you finish. I think the one thing that we can do is finish the right way, because we certainly didn't start the right way."

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