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10 things to watch for on Thursday Night Football

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  1. GIANTS SEEK FIRST WIN**

NEWS
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VIDEOS
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Losing to Dallas and Atlanta by a combined five points, the Giants started 0-2 for the third consecutive year. They held double-digit leads in the fourth quarter of both games but were unable to finish. Now the Giants will look to flip the script on a short turnaround for "Thursday Night Football" at home against the Washington Redskins (1-1).

"I really do think we should be better than 0-2, and I told them that right away on Monday afternoon," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I told them I wasn't very pleased with the play as such, but I thought we could certainly be, even under these circumstances, be 2-0."

2. BEASON "PROBABLE" FOR DEBUT

Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face Washington

After playing in just four games in 2014, middle linebacker Jon Beason suffered a knee injury in the preseason, which has kept him out until now -- probably.

The defensive captain was able to practice fully this week and is officially listed as "probable" for Thursday night's game.

3. INJURY REPORT

For the Giants, WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot), and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion) are out. LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) is doubtful. DE Robert Ayers (hamstring) is questionable. Beason, DT Jay Bromley (knee), TE Daniel Fells (foot), DL Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), and OL Geoff Schwartz (illness) are probable.

For the Redskins, WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), CB Justin Rogers (foot), LB Martrell Spaight (concussion, placed on IR) are out. LB Perry Riley Jr. (calf) and OT Tom Compton (calf) are questionable. OT Morgan Moses (knee), CB DeAngelo Hall (rib), NT Terrance Knighton (rib), OL Shawn Lauvao (calf), OL Kory Lichtensteiger (finger) are probable.

4. PUGH EXPERIENCED AT LEFT TACKLE

If Flowers cannot go on Thursday, then Justin Pugh would likely start at his third position in the NFL. After playing right tackle the first two years and left guard this season, Pugh slid over to left tackle when Flowers was forced to leave with the injury while John Jerry took over at left guard. But that wasn't the first time Pugh played at the position. He was a left tackle throughout his college career at Syracuse.

5. FIVE IN A ROW

In the NFC East's oldest rivalry that dates back to 1932, the Giants are currently on a four-game winning streak against the Redskins. That includes a 45-14 victory on "Thursday Night Football" last season when tight end Larry Donnell broke out with three touchdowns in the first half at FedEx Field.

6. RANDLE TO THE SLOT?

The Giants released wide receiver Preston Parker this week, opening up the possibility of moving Rueben Randle inside to the slot position. The Giants are trying to get Randle going as he caught just four passes for 28 yards in the first two weeks. Meanwhile, Parker's departure also means more work for Geremy Davis and Dwayne Harris.

7. COUSINS UNDER CENTER IN WASHINGTON

Playmakers on Washington's first-team offense, defense, and special teams, presented by Nike

Kirk Cousins is the starter in Washington while Robert Griffin III has been inactive for the first two weeks. Cousins is 0-2 against the Giants in his career, throwing one touchdown to six interceptions.

Last week, however, Cousins was 23 of 27 for 203 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' victory over the Rams.

8. TWO-HEADED RUSHING ATTACK

Through two weeks, Washington boasts the NFL's No. 1 ground game, led by Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris. Meanwhile, rookie third-round pick Matt Jones had a breakout game last week with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

9. ELI & ODELL CHASE MORE MILESTONES

While becoming the 15th player in NFL history to pass for 40,000 yards, Eli Manning passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for 14th place on the all-time list. Next up is Joe Montana, who is 311 yards ahead of Manning. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham Jr. has two games to gain 99 yards in order to become the most prolific receiver through the first 16 games of a career. Bill Groman owns the record with 1,593 yards.

10. JAY FUND RECOGNIZES CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation will recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday. Eight families of pediatric cancer patients will attend the game as special guests of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. Coughlin and his coaching staff will also sport his nonprofit's #GoGold pins to show their support.

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